Wanted to share a communion meditation that I wrote.
"We are fortunate to have the words of Christ recorded at the inception of the Last Supper, the meal in the Upper Room. But, what if Christ could speak to us today? What would he have to say?...
Bread, its simple really, flour and water, mixed together. Fruit of the vine, nothing really. Grapes grow out of the dirt, nothing really unique about it. Both simple, plain...
But with you, I want them to have meaning. With you I want them to stand for something. When you take them, I want you to remember me, I want you to remember what I have done for you.
You see, when you were at your weakest, I came to be your strength. When you were sentenced to death for the way you lived and the things you did, I took that punishment...I took your death.
This sin, this messiness, this darkness. It is a disease of the soul and it separates you from the Father. So I took it on myself. I took your sin to my cross. I took YOUR sin to MY death. The truth is, I was the only one who could do it. I was the only one that could make things right between you and the Father again.
That is why I came to live among you. To know you first hand. You see, I know what you are and who you are. I know your temptations because I lived them myself. I know you pain, your sorrows, your happiness, your joy and I know your hurts. And just as I lived as you I took your death as well.
The fact is, I love you. I love you with a love so great and grand that you can't comprehend it. The Father loves you so perfectly and purely that your words cannot describe it, but it is true. You are the object of that affection. That is why the sacrifice was made for you.
And it is because of that sacrifice that you and the Father can have a relationship again. You can be known by God, walk with Him and talk with Him. You can be connected to Him and He will live in you. So, it is because of this I want you to remember me. You see, I know you lose your focus. I know how busy you get, how distracted and interrupted you get. Your focus isn't always on me, and I know that. So, take this time to focus on me.
And when you do it, take it in celebration. I know, when you think of this supper, you think of what happened on the cross. I want you to realize that, however horrible the events on the cross were, they were driven by love for you. So, remember me in it. Cherish me in it.
And remember that when you take it, this bread is my body that was broken for you, and this fruit of the vine is my blood that was shed for you.
Also, know that when you take it, you are proclaiming my death, my sacrifice. You are shouting out "Jesus Christ loved me enough to die for me. He died for me."
Bread, simple, grapes, simple. But not with you. With you, they are to represent my body and my blood that was shed for you, and you were worth every bit of it."