What Do Good Friday And Communion And Death Have In Common

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
  • Somber
  • Serious
  • Introspective – sin searching
  • Guilt and fear inducing

Serious Communion

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.

Remembrances of Good Death_GrowingInFullness.com
Death to God means:

  • total forgiveness
  • reconciliation
  • sanctification
  • joy
  • life
  • perfection

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!

Dig In

  • 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.
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6 responses to “What Do Good Friday And Communion And Death Have In Common

  1. jennifer bell

    I just feel love and gratitude, Nancy….

  2. Amen! It’s called GOOD Friday for a reason. I don’t think Jesus wants us re-creating His suffering every year but remembering WHY–the new covenant established from it, which is also what communion is about. On this side of the cross it’s all joy and good! Good insights here. Blessings.

    • Thanks Mel. Good point about ‘this side of the cross’. The disciple were on the ‘other side’ of the cross, hence their great sorrow and loss. But Jesus made sure they got to the finished side of the cross. 🙂 What wondrous joy they then encountered on the New Covenant side. And when we get what they got on the ‘right’ side – we get to carry on the joy! So thankful and elated the Holy Spirit is resurfacing globally the ‘finished side’ truth that had gotten covered over with legalism. I have become amazed at how GOOD the Good News is!

      Mel, sure appreciate your added insights! Bliss

      !

  3. Interesting and challenging and confusing all at the same time — my husband died unexpectedly in September 2014. I sat with him and held his hand while he passed from this world into the next. I was glad to have made the decision I made, glad for him that he went quickly. Is he/was he on the “right side” of the cross? I have no idea — am I? — again, I have no idea. I have a strong faith. I am a reasonably positive person, I love the notion of getting out one’s dancing shoes to celebrate communion — and I agree about not emphasizing the dark side of Good Friday. I am a Christian Educator — for this year’s Childrens’ Stations of the Cross program I deliberately chose to work with the symbols of Easter — having just got through the darkest part of my grieving, I couldn’t face any more emphasis on darkness.

    • Dear beloved of the Lord, thank you for your vulnerability and courage to share your loss, sorrow, and questions. I know there will be others who read your heart comments here, identify, and be helped.

      From God’s perspective He only sees the ‘right side’ of the cross – the completed, finished, victorious side. When He sees ALL (the world), made in His image and for whom He died, He sees them on the ‘right side’ too, through Jesus Christ, even if they do not know that fullness yet.

      Then to understand:
      He is faithful (i.e. in the Greek – trustworthy, believing, fully persuaded)
      Who calls (Gr. – invite, name, summon)
      you
      and will perform it (Gr. – complete it, do it, produce it). (1Thes 5:24)

      Faith is actually God’s divine persuasion upon a human heart that opens our eyes to His faith and to have faith. Faith to grasp and believe what is eternally true about being His beloved child. It has nothing to do with works or rituals. It is in a vibrant place of eternal relationship – here and now, and there. A faith dynamic that is to be very experiential. (1Jn 1:1-5)

      It truly is His responsibility to persuade us all about our true identity and origin. He made each one of us and is intimately acquainted with each one’s stories, experiences, and upbringing. How easy it is to forget that God is love. Since Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, and Love never fails (1Cor 13:7,8), then He knows how, when, and where to bring revelation of the truth that sets us free and envelopes us in His love. Needless to say, one can resist it – but I can’t imagine how hard that would be to resist unconditional love and acceptance – even in eternity.

      May the Lord bring you into His rest. A rest that is full of love, joy, peace, and light. A rest in the certainty of His everlasting love for you and your husband. (Jer 31:3-4)

      May you indeed put on your dancing shoes as this verse washes over you! “The Lord God in your midst, the Mighty One saves and delivers; He rejoices and exults over you with gladness and exceeding joy, He will quiet you with His love, He leaps/dances/spins around with intense emotion and joyous shrieks over you with singing.” (Zeph 3:17) My goodness, how He delights in you. He put you on the ‘right side’! Enter in His reckless joy! 😀

      Bliss

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