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Communion Meditations (2021)


Reminder Meal

Originally scheduled for March 28

To the best of my research, the Scripture nowhere includes a command to celebrate your wedding anniversary. It is not prohibited, of course. It seems that God determined that it would just be natural for us to do such celebrating and left it to us to arrange the details. So when you plan your wedding anniversary dinner, you don’t plan to go to an ordinary coffee shop. You plan to go to a nice restaurant. You allow plenty of time as you will not be in a hurry. What do you have when you do that?

·         You have a night of memories. Your author remembers the fact that his wife was an hour late to our wedding — and well worth the wait.

·         You have a night for expressions of love. Wedding anniversary gifts, for example, do not ordinarily include a vacuum cleaner. Jewelry speaks love more fluently.

·         You have a night for the renewal of promises. You remember what you promised her then and try to find a new way to repeat it.

We may consider the matter also from the point of view of the church. You will recall, of course, that the church is described as the bride of Christ. In the book of Revelation, we see the preparations made for the great wedding feast between the Lamb of God and His bride. A good deal of our doctrine about marriage comes from this description.

The practical side of the bride of Christ is that it’s an example to us in our own marriages. The primary passage for this is Ephesians 5:22-32. This passage is much debated these days. But surely we can extract from it the fact that Christ gave his life — the maximum expression of love – for his bride, the church. The church is you and me. So we have the opportunity to commemorate his love for us, just as we would remember our wedding anniversary .

We have a spiritual wedding between Christ and his church. Perhaps it would surprise you to think of it this way, but we also have a reminder meal. That’s communion. Like our anniversary dinners, it is not an ordinary meal — we don’t celebrate communion with a potluck dinner. Rather, the meal is highly symbolic [even if you believe in transubstantiation]. It is a time to remember what Christ has done for you. In reply it is a time when you can express your love for Christ. We do this by renewing the promises we made when we first came to him. Consider these things. Have you confessed your sins to him? Have you done your best to repent of these sins? Did that include any restitution which you could make? Perhaps more important, did it include reconciliation with your Christian brother or sister? Consider these things well, and then partake in a worthy manner.

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