Communion is Union



Last month, when we celebrated communion together, I talked about how communion is about remembering Jesus

  • And that remembering is a past, present and future remembering
  • Remembering what Christ did on the cross 2000 years ago
  • Remembering that Christ is present with us now by His Spirit
  • And remembering that Christ will return in glory one day


More than simply remembering though, communion is union


Desmond Tutu once said, “We are only lightbulbs and our job is just to remain screwed in”


In John chapter 14, the night before his crucifixion and death Jesus said…

  • ‘I am in the Father and you are in me, just as I am in you’
  • Then he went on to talk about how he is the vine and we are the branches and the only way to be fruitful is to remain in him
  • Desmond Tutu’s lightbulb metaphor is a modern day take on this


Jesus was talking about our union with him and with God


In taking communion (into ourselves) we are reminded of our union with Jesus

  • The bread we eat represents the body of Christ and the grape juice (or the wine) represents his blood
  • When we eat or drink something it becomes a part of us – it sustains us
  • Sort of like electricity sustains the lightbulb so it can give off light
  • Or like the sap from the vine sustains the branches so they may bear fruit


There is a certain mystery associated with our union with Christ and with communion itself

  • In some sense, which can’t be explained scientifically, Christ is in us and we are in Him


Communion is union and when we have union with God through Christ it is possible to face all manner of suffering with hope & joy