1 CORINTHIANS 10:16-17 The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
Thereís a saying that motorcycles are alot like life, they are always moving forward, and they only stop when something is wrong. Its important, not because its about motorcycles, but because its about life, life is always going forward, there is no reverse. So also with words, once they are spoken you cannot take them back. So it is in life, while we may look back at the past, and wish we had done things different, try as we might we canít undo the past, we can however look to the present and consider the future. . . . And while all this should be self evident, some people may be thinking, why would I want to change anything? Why? simply SIN. If you see what sin does, not just to you, but to those around you, and if you remember the price that Jesus paid that your sins might be forgiven, . . . well, lets put it this way -- If you could see and hear the nails being pounded into Jesus on account of your sin, how long would you continue to do it your way? If you saw the pain you were causing, would you still think it was fun?
So while we canít go back or undo the rotten things weíve done, what can we do about the guilt that we feel, how can we make things right. The sad answer is that there is nothing we can do to pay our debts, to make things right, or to get rid of our guilt. The rest of the story is that Jesus did what we could not do for ourselves, by Jesus body and blood given and shed for us, we are forgiven. Not only are we forgiven, but we are made a new creation and given a new beginning. Thatís good news! But there is something else that happens in the sacrament, something so very special that we donít often talk about it. You see, besides giving us forgiveness, we are also given a new and special relationship with God. Sometimes we talk about it as being children of God, sometimes we talk about it as being sons of God, now sons includes women too, and we use the term sons, to remind us that not only are we part of Godís family, but that we will inherit our Fatherís legacy to us.
The only problem we have in talking about being part of the family of God, is that our families on earth are not perfect, sometimes we fight, sometimes we find it hard to get along, sometimes we go for years without talking to eachother. And while this might be part of what happens in families on earth, this is not Godís plan for his family.
It always begins by remembering that we are not our own , even if the world says we can do what we want. The reason we are not our own, is because when we were lost in sin, Jesus paid the price, His Life, to set us free. Ever since we have received this forgiveness, we have has to ask ourselves, how what we do reflects on Jesus who died that we might be free, we wouldnít want anything we do, to say to the world that Jesus died for nothing. So we remember the scripture: Philippians 1:27 "Let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that I may hear that you stand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel"
This oneness comes about by the Spirit working in our heart, it is a oneness that the scriptures describe:PHI 2:2 "complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3Do nothing from selfishness. 4Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus" The key is that this oneness is not something we do, but it is something that God does for us and in us; and in the Lordís Supper, besides the forgiveness that is for each of us individually, there is also that like minded, single purpose oneness, that God in Christ gives to us as the church gathered in Jesus name, that working together we may advance the good news of salvation to the ends of the earth, beginning right where we are. It is that Gift of God oneness, that enables the church to do so much, and this too is part of the sacrament, and part of the promise of God to us. What promise? Again the scriptures speak: JOHN 17:11 "And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, Holy Father, keep them in thy name, that they may be one, even as we are one."
So the prayer of Jesus and the promise of God is to keep us in Godís name, and we keep in Godís name by remaining steadfastly in Godís Word.