Communion Meditation — Matthew 26:21, 22

Communion at Mizpah Church 2010
Communion Meditation – Matthew 26:21-22 – An irresistible Self-reflection

When I was in middle-school some, of the teachers worried about student hygiene. Perhaps the dirt under the farm boy’s fingernails was a health threat. So, they installed full-length mirrors in the hallways.
The effect was pronounced. Middle school boys and girls began preening like never before. They found the mirrored self-reflection irresistible.
During the Last Supper something Jesus said acted like an irresistible mirror-image to make each disciple pause to look at himself.
Matthew 26:21 and 22 says: As they were eating, [Jesus] said, “Truly I say to you that one of you will betray me.” And being deeply grieved, they each one began to say to him, “Surely not I, Lord?”
The original language says they were responding one after another. The participation rate was 100%. Believing the statement was for each of them they found it irresistible.
Were you listening to what he said? “One of you will betray me.”

Communion Meditation — John 13:5-10 — Feeling Our Own Inadequacy

English: The Last Supper of Jesus Christ

English: The Last Supper of Jesus Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Communion Meditation – John 13:5-10 — Feeling Our Own Inadequacy

During the last supper Jesus washed the disciples’ feet.

As Jesus prepared to wash Peter’s feet Peter questioned what is happening. Jesus says that if he does not wash Peter’s feet, Peter will have no part with him. Peter was taken aback.

Peter said, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.”

Peter was feeling needy. He was feeling his own inadequacy.

Jesus replied that only his feet needed to be washed. By Jesus’s action Peter was made clean.

During communion we may sense that the loaf is so tiny and the cup is so small. We may be feeling our own inadequacies.

The same Jesus who reassured Peter of his cleansing is the same Jesus who serves as host at the Lord’s Table. Let us take comfort in knowing that he is able to cleanse us too.

The Thrill of Reverence — A Communion Meditation

English: Communion setting at an Evangelical L...

English: Communion setting at an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America worship service: an open Bible, both unleavened bread and gluten-free wafers, a chalice of wine, and another containing grape juice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our reading comes from Exodus 24:1-2, 9-11

(1) Then he said to Moses, “come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel.  You are to worship at a distance, (2) but Moses alone is to approach the lord; the others must not come near.  And the people may not come up with him.”

(9)Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up (10) and saw the God of Israel.  Under His feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky itself.  bud God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank.

While we were in college and still dating, my late wife invited me to go home to meet the parents.  The meeting included a sit-down meal at the family dining table.  For my part I was on my best behavior.  My wife had asked her parents to be on their best behavior.  As we dined we sensed a thrill of reverence.

When Moses was preparing to receive the commandments, we are told that he took Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the Elders along to participate in a sacred feast.  The text says they ate and drank and were not harmed.   At this banquet with the Lord of Israel they experienced the thrill of reverence.

As you approach the communion table to receive the bread and the cup, do you sense the thrill of reverence?