This sermon is part 2 of John 6. Part 1 was on July 18.
Sermon Tag: Communion
The meal Jesus gave us teaches us about hospitality. God welcomes us to His Table even though we might as well be strangers … in light of this, how could we not welcome others?
This meal reinforces what we know about love; namely, that God is love, that God loves us first, that we learn to love God in return, etc.
Just as the body of Christ is broken for us at the Table, we—the body of Christ—are to be broken for each other (i.e., our own places of brokenness actually help others in a profound way)
The body of Christ is constituted at the Supper that features the body of Christ.
This story seems to be an allegory for all of us. We are all like Mephibosheth in that we are entirely dependent on the host of the Table to welcome us to the Table. And even though it is the King’s Table, the King welcomes the “unworthy”! How ridiculous is that?
The Supper is a source of glorious humbling. We can neither save ourselves nor save the world. We are utterly dependent on God and the Supper is a reminder of that dependence.
Winn Collier, Professor at Western Seminary (Holland, MI) and Director of the Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination preaches this morning on Jesus as the bread of life.
The Institution of the Lord’s Supper (vv. 23-26) is sandwiched between various warnings, warnings we ought to heed.
The Lord’s Supper has a prophetic effect on the Church — it calls people away from idolatrous narratives and back to the Gospel narrative. In that way, we taste and see that our communion with Christ is both wonderful and dangerous.