The cup of blessing which we bless: is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break: is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, being many, are one bread and one body, for we are all partakers of that one Bread. – 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (NKJV)
This conversation regarding “communion” closely follows the well known scripture regarding temptation – “God, who faithfully keeps His promises, will not allow you to be tempted beyond your power to resist. But when you are tempted, He will also give you the ability to endure the temptation as your way of escape” (1 Corth 10:13). Jesus’ sacrifice for us, as remembered through the sacrament of Communion, was clearly a way of allowing us to breach the untouchable deity and become one with Him.
In this scriptural context, this act should remind us that we, the body of believers, must also be unified with each other. Perhaps the implication is that some of that “ability to endure temptation” comes from our support for one another; prayer, guidance, protection. When you participate in communion, expand your care and concern to all the Christians of the world, so that we are truly the “one” that God envisioned for us.
-Sue Breland, Worship for One©