1 Corinthians 11:24 (TPT), “and gave thanks. Then he distributed it to the disciples and said, “Take it and eat your fill. It is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”
I love the nuances we find when we look at the original languages of the scripture. Jesus probably spoke this originally in the Aramaic language. He said, “eat your fill” which can be said as “Eat and be satisfied”. Here, we see the true essence of communion. This Eucharistic meal brings us into intimate fellowship with our Lord. This place of intimacy is what our heart truly longs for. We may misunderstand these yearnings and try to find our completion in a person, an accomplishment, possessions, and/or experiences. As Augustine famously said, “our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you”. Communion serves as an open door for our fellowship with God. This is where our life begins, where we enter His rest, and where all our striving is over. Listen carefully again to the words of Jesus, “Take it and eat your fill. It is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me”. Here is how Brian Simmons describes this passage:
“To eat his flesh is to take into our life by faith all that Jesus did for us by giving his body for us. To drink his blood is to take by faith all that the blood of Jesus has purchased for us. This “eating” and “drinking” is receiving the life, power, and virtue of all that Jesus is to replace all that we were in Adam. Jesus’ blood and body is the Tree of Life, which is offered to everyone who follows him.”
This is the great miracle of our Christian faith. We aren’t trying to please God with our actions. We just receive His love and enter His rest. Here is how Barclay describes the essence of life flowing from communion:
“…into life enters new satisfaction. The hunger and the thirst are gone. The human heart finds what it was searching for, and life ceases to be mere existence and becomes a thing at once of thrill and of peace.”
Wow! Wow! Wow!!! This is the very thing that all of mankind in its endless search is longing for. I love the simplicity of finding everything I need in this simple act of faith. Eat His body, drink His blood, and enter into life.