Where Real Life Is Found

Chic Broersma

Read: 2 Corinthians 4:10-14

Christ . . . is your life. (Col. 3:4)

Another elder and I were serving Communion to an elderly couple where they lived. The husband was hard of hearing. His wife suffered from Alzheimer’s. Over her shoulder I saw the Dodgers playing a game on the TV. I looked back at the woman, her face with its sagging cheeks and tired eyes staring through thick lenses, not focusing on anything. What a contrast to the young, athletic ball players running around on the verdant field. A visiting nurse tried to help the woman take the Communion bread. “Put the whole thing in your mouth,” urged her husband as he reached over and pushed the piece of bread into his wife’s quivering mouth.

She didn’t know what was going on, and her husband could barely hear. But the bread and the cup they could see, touch and taste. Then we read how we are “always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.” This is the spiritual reality that Jesus, the living bread that came down from heaven, promises to us by faith: “If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever” (John 6:51).

The ballplayers looked so very much alive. The elderly couple looked so mortal. But consider: if life—real, everlasting life—is what one receives by faith in Jesus, then perhaps there was more life around that dining room table than on the baseball diamond that day. —Chic Broersma

Prayer: Lord, feed me always with your life. Amen.