May I ponder these words with you a bit today?
You know how you are just chugging along and suddenly a scripture you have read bunches just jumps out at you. I had one of those in church this morning. We have been going pretty much verse by verse through the book of 1 Corinthians, and today this verse popped up on the screen.
The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread. ~ I Corinthians 10:16-17 NKJV (my emphasis)
When I take communion, I always meditate on the Body of the Lord being broken for me. I have even made a big stink in the past about using unleavened bread and not yeast bread, since Jesus was unleavened by sin – the pure and spotless lamb.
For the earliest part of my life we went to a Plymouth brethren assembly where we actually passed a loaf of bread and tore off a piece. As I grew up and my opinions formed, I threw this practice under the bus as having missed the point.
As with most of my dogma – when I finally step back on look – I can see the merit in this. It is really what Paul is saying right here in 1 Corinthians. We are all part of one loaf. A big part of communion is about our community. We are the body of Christ, and in sharing the one loaf, we demonstrate the breaking and dispersion of the body of Christ into the world to carry out His purposes around the globe.
Now I take this back to the woman begging for her daughter’s life, willing to take the crumbs that fall to the floor to see her daughter delivered from the demon that tormented her.
Are we not the broken loaf – scattered – distributed in the world for the healing of the nations? Are we not like that boy’s lunch, blessed by Jesus, and distributed by the apostles over the ages and over all the earth?
What do you think?
Worship the King!