After my previous post on how good is Good Friday, I began to ponder Communion.
So bear with me – one more break from my series on grace.
Have you ever thought about the similarities in religious Christianity’s observance of Good Friday and Communion?
Here are some similarities:
- Focus on death
- Focus on sin
- Introspective – sin searching
- Guilt and fear inducing
Because Communion is so serious (to the religious mindset), it is also restrictive.
In some denominations you cannot partake of the bread and wine/juice unless you are a ‘member’.
In most denominations you dare not partake if you have unconfessed sin in your life. Bad things could happen to you. Gulp.
Is that what Jesus intended and desired when He said – “Do this in remembrance of Me.”?
Does God Enjoy Our Communion
My previous posts posed the question – does God enjoy our religious Good Fridays? Nope.
Knowing that God really is one very happy God, I wonder if He enjoys our somber and restrictive partaking of Jesus’ body and blood?
I wonder if the Holy Spirit can’t wait for those times of Communion so He can convict the socks off of us and uncover the littlest of sin? After all, don’t we tend to think God wants us squeaky clean?
Sure seems like Christianity’s ritualistic Communion (AKA The Lords’ Supper) continually crucifies Jesus all over again with its emphasis on sin. Does God like that?
The Focus on Death
Jesus died on Good Friday.
You proclaim the Lord’s death as you eat the bread and drink the cup. (1 Cor 11:26)
Obviously Good Friday and Communion have a death theme going on. But have we misunderstood what that death really means?
The Real Meaning of Death
Death from our perspective is grievous, difficult, confusing, final, and in some cases is wrong.
Death from God’s perspective is something altogether good and beneficial.
- total forgiveness
These things are true whether you ask for them or not, whether you believe them or not, whether you receive them or deny them. Holy smoke! Let’s embrace His good death!
Proof of God’s good death:
- you, once were alienated (estranged) and enemies in your minds…yet He has reconciled you in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, blameless, above reproach (Col 1:21,22)
- when we were enemies of God, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son (Rom 5:10)
- on the cross – God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their iniquities against them (2Cor 5:19)
- the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses your conscience from dead works (Heb 9:14)
- through Jesus’ will to do God’s will (i.e. save the world Jn 3:17), we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all. (Heb 10:9,10)
- by one offering (through death) He has perfected forever, those who are sanctified (Heb 10:14)
- sins are no longer remembered because there is remission (Greek complete forgiveness) of these – thus there is no longer an offering for sin (Heb 10:18) Yee gads! Do you get that!?
- One died for all, therefore all died (2Cor 5:14)
- knowing this that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin be done away with…for he who died has been freed from sin (Rom 5:6)
- we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead, so we also walk in newness of life (Rom 8:4)
- for the joy set before Him, Jesus endured (under the load) the cross and despised the shame that sin brings (Heb 12:2)
God’s death is something to shout about!
God is not into somber, serious, sin searching, death-focused Good Fridays or Communion services.
To proclaim His death, to do it in remembrance of what He did, is to remember you are totally reconciled, restored, sanctified, forgiven, perfected.
Hey, it is also a time to realize you are joyously celebrated by Him! That’s why He did that death for you – to restore you to His eternal delight over you and enable you to enjoy it too!
What beauty, wonder, and joy is to fill our Good Fridays and Communions – all because of DEATH!
- When Good Friday or Communion rolls around – get out your dancing shoes and get ready to rejoice!
- Repent (i.e. change your mind) of your misconception of death. Death is nothin’ but good when you get right down to the truth of it.
- Religion, sadly, feeds off of sin. It just cannot grasp that Jesus’ finished work through death dealt a complete and final end to sin and complete restoration to God. Come into revelation of the fullness of His death. It’s all about the reconciled perfection of who you really are.