Jesus' Call to Remember, And to Be Broken

10/1/2011

“Before the bread can be baked, the grain brought together from the various fields in different areas has to be ground. Unless the grain is ground, there will be no loaf; each grain must be ground. If one remains unground, it will be a whole grain in the loaf, and when the loaf is served, someone will take a knife and remove that grain because it is out of place in the bread. It has kept its own nature, its individual existence, its own importance. 

When the grain is ground, the flour is put in a hot oven to bake, and only then does it become bread. Then it is placed on the table. And if it is a truly communal table, the bread is for all to share. Then we cannot pray, ‘Give me today my daily bread.’ Rather, we pray together, ‘Give us the bread we need each day.’ For us all, every day! (Matt. 6:11)

Then the bread is broken and shared. Once again community is stressed, this time in the sharing of the bread. The risen Jesus was recognized by the way he broke bread and distributed it at the common table. (Luke 24:30-31)

The same things are said of the wine. The grapes must be crushed in the winepress because the wine would be spoiled if one grape were to hold on to its own existence. One wine has to be made out of them all. So each grape has to give itself up in the ultimate sacrifice for the unity of the wine. Just as the whole community shares one loaf, so too it shares one cup…

The Lord’s Supper is a reminder of the perfect sacrifice made by this one grain that is ground, this one grape that is crushed—the One that makes all the difference.” (Eberhard Arnold) 11:23am

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