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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Written by: Andries
Friday, April 08, 2016 4:43:50 AM  RssIcon

On Sunday we will be sitting in our quaint, beautiful chapel, sharing bread and wine. Yet this experience will call upon our senses and our memories and we will find ourselves being taken 2000 years and a continent away, to an upper room in Jerusalem where Jesus and his 12 disciples first shared this very Supper.

 

That night started as a Jewish Passover meal. They dined on lamb, bread, wine and gravy with the aromas of bitter herbs. They often shared this meal in the past. They shared it with family since their childhood. They remembered God’s strong hand that delivered them as a people from slavery. They remembered that they were a covenant people and that God solemnly promised to be their God, and the God of their children and grandchildren, forever!
 
But later on, after Jesus went to heaven and they received the daunting task to spread the Good News about him, and when they carried his cross to the ends of the world, what they would have remembered is that as the meal came to a close that night, Jesus blessed the bread, and breaking it came to each one personally saying:“Take and eat, this is my body, which will be broken for you.”
 
Jesus knew about the events that would follow that night:  his arrest, his unfair hearing and his cruel crucifixion. So as he passed the cup to them, he said:  “Drink of the blood of the new covenant.”  They would remember that at that moment they did not understand that he was telling them that soon their Redeemer would die for those who crucified him.
 
They would remember that the new covenant would replace the sacrament of the Passover with the sacrament of the Supper of Christ. They would not remember the deliverance from the slavery in Egypt anymore, but the delivery from the slavery of sin and evil. They would realise that Passover became a lot more than a Jewish feast, but a feast that included both Jews and Gentiles who were made God’s new people - of a new covenant.
 
Certainly the disciples would later clearly remember that Jesus said: “As often as you repeat this meal, do it in memory of me.”  As if they could ever forget!
 
Every time we celebrate the holy communion of Christ’s Supper, we will through the work of the Holy Spirit be with the living Lord, hearing his voice, believing his promise and experiencing his love with all our senses.
Our experience will disregard logic and reason.
It will be a mystery. And our experience will be spiritual, and by his grace, through faith, we will see that we are with him, hearing his voice, seeing his love and believing his promise: “This is the blood of the new covenant” and that it means, “I will be your God, and the God of all the many generations that will come after you, who will be my people and I will be their God.”
 
The mystery that we experience at the Lord’s Table is that it is Christ who breaks bread with us and shares his cup with us. And as we in faith feed on the living Christ, his sacrifice, his resurrection and his grace, we will know that this Meal will never end, until the glorious day when we gather for Christ’s eternal banquet in heaven.
 
For the disciples who carried the gospel of Jesus to the ends of the earth, the Holy Communion they shared with Jesus on the night he was betrayed, was given to them as comfort and source of strength and faith throughout their earthly lives.
 
And so it is with us. When we take the bread and the cup, Christ is in our midst, offering himself to us all over again and making covenant with us all over again saying: “This is the blood of the new covenant.” I will be your God and the God of your children, forever!
 
I pray that you will taste and see the mystery of sharing in the Lord’s Supper on Sunday. And that this Holy Meal will change your life.
 
 

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