There is much simplistic splendor in the act of taking communion; we take two very common elements of every day life and we ingest them. Yea, it is but a mere morsel of bread and bit of wine – yet there is profound meaning to it. It is in this task that we have been charged to recollect what the good Lord, Jesus Christ, has done upon the cross. In what would otherwise be a mundane and meaningless task, we partake in a physical reminder of the entirety of the truth of God’s Word in but a few short minutes. We take in the reminder of the Immaculate Conception, Christ’s life and death, His resurrection, and all prophecy concerning past and future events.
How this is so much more than just a piece of bread and drip of wine! It is the proclamation of the gospel in its entirety! There is no grand significance to the elements, for they only represent the grand significance in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The bread, if uneaten, will mold and the fermented drink shall turn to bitter vinegar if not consumed. How then shall one make so great an idol out of such trifles as these? The significance resides therein the blessing, which comes from communion; indeed, this is no measure of special grace or merit; it does not endow the member will copious amounts of faith; it does not provide love. The act in and of itself performs nothing.
It is simple, yet profound; common, yet elegant and precious; plain, yet comely and not to be taken lightly. Why then is such a thing treasured if it remains common in its elemental form? The truth is that the bread and drink are common, yet communion with the saints is not.
It remains an intimate way in which we can proclaim our faith remains solely and steadfastly in the risen Christ. It proclaims that we have been bought with an incredible price. It proclaims that we remain in dedication to walk in humility before the Lord, obey the scriptures, walk in harmony with our brothers and sisters, give exceeding grace and mercy to every man, and proclaim the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ through the utmost clarity of deliverance in speech and deed.
This is why communion is so special: it brings reminder to our soul that we were but sinners in the hands of an angry God who delightedly brought Himself glory through the means of salvation in Jesus Christ. If partaking in such a deed does not bring meditation upon how a just and holy God could forgive wretched men by taking unmerciful vengeance upon His only begotten Son, let us re-examine our faith carefully.
Let not the seemingly mundane act become meaningless or trite; let not the insignificance of the food and drink lure you to a point of dullness. Rejoice in the spectacular notion that Christ willingly paid the penalty of mankind’s sin – and in this, it was well pleasing to the Father. Justice was meted in a wholly acceptable sacrifice that would end all sacrifices.
Yet take appraisal of your heart, lest one of you would become as the Corinthians whom Paul rebukes for their rampant carnality. Do not be as the man whom John warns us about, who commits a sin that leads to death. Do not take communion without seeking resolution with your brother. Certainly, do not approach communion in an unworthy manner, leading to serious illness or death.
Take heed, lest your heart is hardened in the years that come to pass, if the Lord wills you live to see many more years. Take heed this moment rather, that you do not turn such a wondrous thing into nothing more than the task of eating and drinking. Remember well your sins, recalling also that you have escaped the wrath of God in everlasting anguish, having now come to the privilege of delighting in and glorifying Him eternally through Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom’” (Matthew 26: 26-29).