I’ve heard some people joke about marriage saying, “On the day we married I told my wife I loved her and I told her if that changed I’d let her know.” Couples often struggle with ongoing affection and gratitude toward one another. I admit that I should do a much better job at this. But one time I do a decent job of reaffirming my love for Sarah is our anniversary.
May 22 is a big day for us every year, and it’s one that I look forward to with great excitement. We typically go out for a nice dinner and at some point that week I even make a nice dinner as well. Sometimes we exchange gifts or together we purchase something we want for our house or each other. The best is when we look through pictures of our wedding and reflect on all that took place that day.
On our wedding day, Sarah and I established a covenant with each other. We had a public ceremony to declare our love and commitment toward one another. Now each anniversary and at other times throughout the year, we reaffirm our love, commitment, and covenant.
As Christians, we do this same thing through baptism and communion. These ordinances, or sacraments, were given to us by Jesus to physically declare and remember our union with Him. To keep the analogy, baptism is kind of like the wedding day. While baptism itself does not save, it is the Bible’s prescription for declaring what God has done to make us alive in Christ. Communion, then, is the reaffirmation and celebration of this truth.
In 1 Corinthians 11:26 the Apostle Paul says, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”
Celebrating communion together as a congregation is our opportunity to corporately reaffirm our gratitude for Christ’s death on our behalf, testify to His ongoing work in our lives, and give us a taste of eternity with Him. In our communion service, we physically portray the entire Christian life.
Just as in an anniversary a couple confesses their continual love for one another, in communion we confess our continual need of Christ.
While baptism is a kind of “I do” between Christ and His bride, the Supper (communion) repeats an “I continue” statement of love from Jesus to the Church. Communion reminds us that His love endures forever. — Thabiti Anyabwile
I hope to see you Sunday for communion immediately following our 10:45 a.m. worship service. For all those who have declared their faith in Christ, this is our opportunity to celebrate His work in us and reaffirm our need of Him and uniquely proclaim His work in us.
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Zac Hess joined the pastoral staff in 2013 after serving as an intern during his seminary studies. He grew up on a farm in Ashland, OH and later met his wife, Sarah, who grew up as part of Grace Polaris Church. Zac pursued biblical studies at both Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary. He loves sports, the outdoors, reading, and a good cup of coffee. Zac and Sarah are the proud parents of Jacob and Caroline.