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Communion (1995 Series)

One Body

Scheduled for March 9

(1 Cor 10:16-17 NIV)  Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? {17} Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.


Having been young and foolish (I’m now old and foolish) does provide a man with a wealth of humor -- if you can laugh at yourself.  When I was busily applying for work, and having no experience whatever to merit it, I once encountered an application form which had an imposing looking space labeled, “Professional Societies of which you are member.”  I was not deterred.  I simply wrote in, “Member, National Geographic Society.”  (I did not get the job.)


Many of us view the word “member” in the sense I used it above.  One more interchangeable person, having no particular task or duty, but somehow a part of the society in question.  The New Testament church has members, but none in that sense.  The illustration most commonly used is that we are a body.  As such, the “members” of a body, if you can recall the older sense of that word, are not interchangeable.  Each member has a specific task to perform and a role to play. 

Much can be made of that, but I would ask you to step behind the thought.  Why is it that we are such members?  Paul tell us here that it is because of the Lord’s Supper.  By that he certainly does not mean that any mindless person who participates is a member.  Rather, he means that we share in the death of Christ.  And because we share together, we are one body.  It is not the emblem, but rather the sacrifice for which it stands, which makes us one.


We are one.  We are one in geography.  It does not matter where you live, if you take the body and blood of Jesus Christ, you are one with me.


We are one in time.  The monk of the Middle Ages, the writer of the early ages of the Church, they are one with us too.  When “the trumpet of the Lord shall sound and time shall be no more,” they shall join us at that final roll call.  Our oneness will be apparent.


We are one in the winds of doctrine.  The church is not based upon careful understanding of church councils and decrees but on the body and blood of Jesus Christ.  Even our own divisions cannot prevail against Him.  If you name the name of Jesus, call Him Lord and Savior, and break bread at His table, we are one.


We are one in the Spirit, too.  We often think ourselves so weak and the world so strong.  It is not so.  He who spoke and the worlds began calls us His own -- and we are one with Him.

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