His Blood Shed for Us

I repeated the words over and over and over. His blood shed for you… His blood shed for you… His blood shed for you. The Lord’s Supper, Communion, the Eucharist: no matter how we title the experience, it is a holy gift of stillness. A manifestation of grace that helps us slow down and remember.

Communion is a gift to those who receive it. It was also a gift to me, when I had the privilege to serve it.

I watched people leave their seats and come down the aisle in streams. One by one I looked into their eyes and spoke the reminder that this cup was not ordinary. That it was a memorial to the sacrifice that changed this world forever.

With each set of eyes, the words I spoke sunk deeper into my heart. For you… for you… for you… for all of us.

Humanity is bound together by our common need for forgiveness.

To an alcoholic… His blood shed for you. To a tired mother… His blood shed for you. To a college graduate still looking for a job… His blood shed for you. To an unfaithful spouse… His blood shed for you. To a popular high school student… His blood shed for you. To a quiet wallflower… His blood shed for you. To a charismatic leader… His blood shed for you. To a person living in poverty… His blood shed for you. To a prosperous suburbanite… His blood shed for you.

The Lord’s Supper unifies us. All of us with our eyes focused not on our differences but on Christ. We humble ourselves as we receive His grace and in that moment, we become one.

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. – 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

In the Eucharist, we remember the new covenant written in Christ’s blood. The promise spoken of hundreds of years before Christ came.

“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” - Jeremiah 31:33-34

God has made a commitment to us, written in the blood of Christ. The promise that we are His people. That none of us are out of the reach of His forgiveness. That all of us have the ability to know the Lord.

No matter who we are, no matter the choices we have made, no matter the situation we are living in, Christ’s blood was shed for us.  What an honor to pause, remember, and celebrate that gift.

Do you participate in communion? What about the experience connects you with Christ’s sacrifice?