Wednesday, March 15, 2017
What comes to mind when you hear the word "communion"? For many it's the Christian sacrament of taking bread and wine in remembrance of the death of Jesus. We forget about the exchanging of thoughts and feelings, the essence of communing.
The members of the Media class I'm enrolled in at Charis Bible College have a common interest in learning how to use the technology available to let people know how precious they are to Father God. We're in class every day, but kibitzing over a meal out of school is completely different than the hours we spend together focusing on what is being taught. As we begin to develop friendships and understanding of one another, we are able to work together more effectively.
Traditionally the focus in celebrating "the Lord's supper" is that Jesus' death secured forgiveness for sin. I was excited to learn that the Hebrew, "chanukah" translated "stripe" and "wound" also means "fellowship". (Isaiah 53:5) The Greek "koinonia" translated "communion" in I Corinthians 10:16, again referring to the sacrament, also means "fellowship" and "close association".
When believers celebrate the Lord's supper we remember what Christ accomplished for us, total deliverance for our entire being - our well-being in every sense. Our communion is with God and with one another. Even concerning the heart of the Christian faith, it is relationship that matters most to Father God, relationship with Him and with one another.
We are a family. Parents are delighted when their children love and enjoy one another. Divisions among relatives make everything difficult. In a natural family and in the family of God, when we come together in unity, appreciating each other's company, it's a pleasure and we can accomplish what is important to the members. Let's treasure time together, communion, in every sense of the word.