Celebrating Our Friendship With God

James Nettinga

READ : 2 Corinthians 5:16-31

Throughout my ministry the celebration of the Lord’s Supper has been a mystery to me. It all began when as a wiggly child in the “pastors pew,” I watched the bread and the grape juice pass me by. Later, during my first Communion, I felt a strange chill pass through my body. Was it just a teenage emotion, or was some meaningful, mystical feeling touching me? Whatever it was, that strange sense of mystery is still present whenever I share in the Lord’s Supper.

Paul clears up that mystery when he tells us that when we are joined to Christ, we become a new person, made possible by God,“who through Christ changed us from enemies into his friends, and gave us the task of making others his friends”(v. 18, tev). The word friend was used in the translation of “reconciliation” by the Eskimos of Barrow, Alaska. Is that a key to the mystery of the Lord’s Supper, God making friends with us through Christ? As a child I knew what a friend was. Could it be that somehow, even in a very immature way, I experienced the friendship of God through Jesus? I am now sure I did.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for making us your friends through Christ, so that we might appeal to others to become your friends also. Amen