St. Paul proclaims in 1 Corinthians chapter 10, “For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.” (1 Cor 10:17) When we come to the Lord’s Table, we often meditate on how we are drawn closer to Christ Jesus by partaking of His body and blood. But when we come to the Lord’s Table, we also show ourselves to be one body, one with each other. We are one body because we partake of one bread. When we celebrate the supper together as the Lord commanded, we manifest our unity.
To be the church is to be the work of the Triune God who cannot fail. The gates of hell will not prevail against His church. From the youngest to the oldest, from the newest Christian to the most mature saint, all the baptized are the body of Christ, and so in this ongoing ritual, this sacrament of covenant life, we show forth the unity that is found together in our union with Jesus Christ.
And so this is why we must always wait for one another when we eat. And this is why must we clear accounts in our relationships with each other. We must confess our sins, and we must seek forgiveness so that we come to the table truly in unity, and we must be ready to forgive when the sin gets confessed.
Everyone longs to be part of something. We join clubs and teams and fraternities and brotherhoods and unions and identify with groups. But here at the table we truly belong. Young and old, rich and poor, we are the new humanity here at this table. We are united to one another as a body in the greatest, most eternal human organism assembled. We are the body of Christ. Why? Because we all partake of the same bread, the bread of Christ.
So I invite you all to come in faith and be bound together in Him.
Come, taste and see that the Lord is good.