Foretaste

Scott Nichols

READ : Matthew 26:17-29

I am standing at the center of the Christian faith. That was what I thought as I turned to offer a brief message before the communion service. Our group was seated in the middle of the garden that housed the empty tomb. Just a few hundred feet away I could glimpse the top of Calvary. I could look over my shoulder and stare into the site of Christ’s resurrection the most important place in salvation history, and we were there sharing the Lord’s Supper.

This was the most meaningful communion in which I had ever participated. Our group was mixed. It included men and women of different races, denominations, and ages. As we shared the bread and the wine, all the barriers that could have separated us were transcended by the unifying power of the Holy Spirit. It was a glimpse of what heaven will be like when we gather for the Lamb’s Wedding Supper. At that moment we will truly know what Paul means: “There is one body and one Spirit . . . one hope . . . one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.”

How tragic that such unity is rarely experienced on this side of eternity! Friends, let us work to break down the walls that separate true believers and share together a foretaste of what is to come!

Discuss: How can we promote Christian unity?

PRAYER

Father, break down the walls and bind us together. Amen.