Matt.26:26-29 – As they ate, Jesus took the bread and blessed it and broke it and gave it to his disciples. He said to them, “This is my body. Eat it.” Then taking the cup of wine and giving praises to the Father, he entered into covenant with them, saying, “This is my blood. Each of you must drink it in fulfillment of the covenant. For this is the blood that seals the new covenant. It will be poured out for many for the complete forgiveness of sins. The next time we drink this, I will be with you and we will drink it together with a new understanding in the kingdom realm of my Father.”
I see this verse differently than I used to see it. When Jesus said “the next time we drink this” I thought He was talking literally about being with Him in the place called heaven. This goes back to the central theme of Jesus’s teaching as well as His ultimate purpose. He taught about the kingdom and He came to bring us into the kingdom. He wasn’t talking about a place called heaven but He was speaking of the kingdom realm that we are now part of and is currently invading the earth. Communion is a prophetic fulfillment of His prayer, “Let your kingdom come and let your will be done on earth”. We are now in His kingdom tasting the benefits of His death and resurrection. The kingdom of God is here. Here are some thoughts from the Passion Notes on this verse.
“We are now in the realm of the kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit brings us into the body of Christ and into the reality of the kingdom of God. It is growing and increasing in scope, and every time believers drink of the cup of communion, Jesus is present with us. It is the Lord’s table, not ours. This was a prophecy of what would happen in just a matter of days from then, as believers would break bread together in remembrance of what Jesus did for them. Jesus now drinks it with us in a new way, and not just once a year at Passover, but every time we worship him by taking communion.”
So go ahead and lift up the cup of life and death; eat His body, drink His blood. This is the very heartbeat of our Christian community. We are enjoying the outpouring of His kingdom benefits in this life. The good news? There is way more to come!!!