A little taste of heaven
Pastor Mark Jeske

Holy Communion always has a backward focus to it, doesn’t it? We do this in remembrance of Jesus, remembering his institution of the Holy Supper in the upper room just hours before his arrest and condemnation; remembering his suffering for our sake, his violent, terrible death and burial, and his triumphant resurrection for us.

Communion has a present significance. We receive forgiveness and mercy and hope right now, the very moment we receive the sacred meal. As we kneel at the altar, we are bonded together with our fellow communicants, re-welded into God’s church right then and there. Right then and there we become one with Christ, physically and spiritually.

Communion also has a powerful future significance. Jesus said, “I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom” (Matthew 26:29). The wonderful environment that Jesus created for his disciples around the table that evening is only a foretaste, only the first installment, of wonderful feasting and love to come at heaven’s grand banquet. The taste of bread and swallow of wine whisper Jesus’ words of hope in a believer’s ear that the best is yet to come.

Let your Communion experience pull you forward with confidence, optimism, and the certainty that the Father’s kingdom has a place for you at the table.


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