(The second in Martha’s article series, Our Right of Entrance.)
The symbol of drinking His Blood is trying to get across to us that what you drink and what you eat enters into you and every part of you. It becomes part of your hands, part of your brain, etc. I read that in one square inch of your body are 35 miles of veins. So what you take in, goes into your body.
The Blood is not only ‘up there’ at the Throne (though it was offered there). The Blood is in some mystery accessible to our inner being. And until we take it into our inner being – not just as a ceremony – the ceremony represents the reality. To drink His Blood, you are receiving HIM. To eat His body, you are receiving Him by faith! And the ceremony is visible to the child that says, “I’m doing that!” And to take the bread is to take His life. He didn’t come just to forgive and then say, “Okay, now you’re forgiven, go do it.”
He came to BE the person He created you to be.
He came in to make that accessible and real and practical and actual. He came IN and to partake of His life means that I receive HIS acceptance of what I cannot bear. I receive His peace, His transcendence.
I can’t do it! I can’t live this life He’s given me. I can’t conquer sin!
And that’s really what we all are saying when we come to take communion. It’s confessing: “I can’t remain constant, even in the love of His will.” The staying power is in Him. So to take the communion is to take not just His washing, His healing, the Blood of His cleansing – it is to take the power that is in Him who alone can live a life that pleases God. He alone can BE me! The exchanged Life.
So the symbol is: I take Him in and I absorb HIM. It’s like meditating on the Word. You ‘eat’ the Word, meaning you take it in. You ‘chew’ it; meditation means chewing. You absorb it. And He says:
If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you.
John 15:7 HCSB
So absorbing the Lord as a reality inside this being – physically, emotionally, spiritually, heart-wise, and mentally – is to let Him come in…to receive Him. When we take the communion, we are receiving HIM by faith.
Copyright © 2012 Martha Blaney Kilpatrick