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When we take communion we look back....
We remember each time we take communion that we are part of a glorious tradition stretching back to that first Passover, when the people of God saw Him deliver them from a desperate situation. Wealso look back to the nearer past, to the Last Supper, when Jesus made His solemn promise to make us His covenant people, and to the events of betrayal, torture and agonising death that allowed this New Covenant to be established.
Looking back makes us realise that our God delivers on His promises. He promised deliverance to the Children of Israel - and provided it. He promised a Saviour, not just for the Jews but for the whole world - and He provided it. Looking back strengthens our faith and encourages us to hold fast to all the promises God has given us. Each time we take communion, we are 'raising an Ebeneezer' like the prophet Samuel of old. We are putting down a marker saying, "Hitherto the Lord has led us....the Lord will provide."
When we take communion we look around....
Communion reduces to naught all our notions of status and importance, all our values, all our pride and prejudices about each other. We see that, together, before Jesus, we are all equally worthless, but equally loved and treasured by Him. And we are called to take His values, His love for each of His people out of our communion service into our daily lives.
When we take communion we look forward....
Each communion we celebrate is one communion closer to the Marriage Feast of the Lamb. It is a reminder of the promise that one day we will celebrate the ultimate Feast with all those whom we have loved and who have gone before us to be with Jesus. What a feast it will be! What reunions will take place! Yet, on that day, all these wondrous things will pale into insignificance, for on that day, we shall see Jesus.