One other thing that strikes me as I read this passage concerning communion is the last part of verse 26. Paul writes,
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
“Until he comes.”
It’s something that most people don’t think about much as they take communion, but I think it’s important to remember. Jesus is coming back. And as we take communion, it should make us think about what we are doing with our lives until Jesus returns.
What should we be doing? Paul tells us: “Proclaim Jesus’ death to the people around us.”
One way we do that is through the communion service itself as we saw in my last blog. But as we go out into the world, as we go into the workplace, into our schools, and into our neighborhoods, we need to be taking the gospel out to the people around us. And we are to do this until Jesus returns.
As we get wrapped up in the things of this world, it can become so easy to forget that Jesus will come back one day. That this world will not last forever. And so communion is a way to remind us that all this is temporary. And now we need to use the time we have left to share his gospel with those around us.
How about you? Are you proclaiming the Lord’s death with those around you?