I am going to be honest with you. I don’t particularly like trying new things I’m quite set in my ways, I usually think I’m right and once I’ve come to a conclusion on a matter, I stand by that conclusion wholeheartedly until I change my mind. Due to these predispositions, I read this book with mixed emotions. Faith says a LOT of new things about communion that I haven’t really considered. I’ll admit I’m still on the fence about some of her claims, however what I am grateful for is the challenge she’s set for me to go and find out all there is to know about Communion. If it really is all it’s painted to be in the book, then I definitely need to look at it with fresh eyes. Whilst we’re still on life lessons, reading this did remind me of the importance of having a good understanding of every aspect of your faith. If we stop questioning and finding answers for the reasons behind our actions, everything becomes meaningless, and what starts out as a passionate relationship with Christ dwindles into dull religion. All in all, I read this book and was challenged, and for everyone who can’t give a straightforward answer as to why they personally take communion this book is definitely a good starting point on the road to discovery.
Why do you take communion?
Before reading, communion was a monthly Sunday activity in which we remember the gift Christ gave us as he laid down his life on the cross. ‘As often as you do this, do it in remembrance of me,’ comes to mind, and I guess that’s where I Ieft it. I’ve never been particularly intrigued about communion, but have always enjoyed the asking for forgiveness of sins and reflection of the state of my life before taking it. The importance of communion and the benefits it could give had never crossed my mind, and so Faith dunked me in a pool of new knowledge regarding communion. Here’s what I learnt…
1) Communion enhances your understanding
Faith caught my attention hook, line, and sinker as she highlighted that Communion is one of the many mysteries of the kingdom of God and that taking it (in the right way) increases our understanding of the things of God . Once communion stopped being a run of the mill part of a Sunday Service in my mind, the excitement to start exploring the nature of communion was unleashed within me.
When he was at the table with them, he took bread gave thanks, broke it, and began to give it to them. Then there eyes were opened and they recognised him, and he disappeared from their sight. Luke 24:30-31
Faith highlights that the scripture refers to their spiritual eyes, as of course their natural eyes were already open as they had been walking around with Jesus not knowing that the stranger they were speaking to was in actual fact their risen king. When you think seriously about this passage, it really does start to sink in just how powerful communion could be. The disciples were walking around with a man they didn’t recognise to be Jesus, despite having fellowshipped with him daily for the past three years, but as soon as they took Communion, everything was revealed. The only think I can liken it to is the revelation you get after receiving Christ. After accepting him as your saviour, although you might not have all the answers for life, suddenly you raison d’etre is revealed as you begin your new walk with The King of Kings.
You don’t need me to tell you that there is so much left for us to understand about the faith. No matter how many revelations you get each day, you are aware that there’s so much left to discover about our saviour, and each thing we understand leaves us just as wanting for more as what went before. If Communion has some intrinsic link to our understanding of the things of Christ then I want to jump on-board. Learning more about Christ may not excite you, but if it is somewhere on your agenda, developing an understanding of the role taking communion has in the process, seems like a step in the right direction.
This passage is referred to several times and is jam-packed with communion revelations
Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me
2) Communion feeds your spirit
This really was an eye-opener for me. Faith boldly declares that ‘What ordinary flesh is to your body, is what the flesh of Jesus in communion is to you spiritually.’ This hinges on the belief that during communion, the wine and bread, actually become the blood and body of Jesus, and in this way communion becomes food for our spirit. To me communion has always been a representation of the body and blood of Christ and so I read this half in awe and half with a sceptic’s raised eyebrow. The jury is still out for me on what goes on during communion but I am completely motivated to undergo further study to conclude either way.
Highlighting that communion is not a symbol ( as I’ve always taken it to be) and is a medium, I read on to learn about another of the many benefits of Communion. Faith highlights that you are what you eat, and by this logic ‘Whatever can’t be found in the body and flesh of Christ isn’t meant to be found in your body, when you partake of the Communion as prescribed.’ This is literally life-changing. Immediately we are freed from worry, sickness, confusion etc, ALL the negative things that plague our physical bodies on a daily basis. Taken as a medium, communion has so much power than we give it for credit for. I don’t believe that looking at it as a symbol is a sin, but it does seem a huge limitation on the ability that taking communion has to change our lives. I for one want to experience God in the fullness of his glory, and by Faith’s account, I have a full re-evaluation of communion on the menu in order to be able to do so.
3) Communion is connected to eternal life
In the passage above , communion appears vital for remaining in God (verse 56) and eternal life results from it (verse 54. Put so candidly, it is hard to ignore the fact that taking communion is of utmost importance and has more power than simply remembering the crucifixion.
I sit here, implored to find out more about the wonder that communion appears to be. Faith highlights that ‘What you expect determines what you experience,’ and that, similarly to all things of God, ‘Communion delivers results according to our faith.’ The book gives an abundance of testimonies of people that have taken seriously the immense power that communion is said to hold and have seen miracles to show for it. It seems a mighty loss to have access to all this power and to not exercise it.
As I said earlier, I remain a sceptic until I’m a fully-fledged believer, and so I’m yet to run with everything the book has to offer, but I am 100% convinced that further study is necessary. Nothing should be taken lightly when it comes to our faith, and in failing to consider the power that communion has, I am doing myself a disservice. This book reminds us all to rediscover the reason behind the ritual, and actively pursue everything Jesus has to offer for us.
Peace and love