Fellowship means sharing together, participating in with each other. A meal is a good example of this. Remember the Proverb: “Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it”. Eating with hateful people is a burdensome task as we will waste our words and the food gets stuck in our throats half way down. Eating in peace in an atmosphere of love is refreshing to our body and soul. So is Communion.
We celebrate this Sunday what Christ has already done for us and rest in the finished work of Jesus. Remember that we fellowship with Him around the meal of remembrance He has provided and commanded us to observe (Matthew 26:26-29). Not to do this brings into question our understanding of just what the Gospel is and whether we are actually Christians.
In the history of redemption eating together is a sign of friendship and acceptance. This is why Jeremiah 41 is the most gruesome chapter in the Bible for Gedaliah was murdered as he ate bread. It was a murder most foul. Note Exodus 24:9-11 and Deuteronomy 24:23-26 as well as 1 Samuel 1 for examples of Old Testament passages teaching that eating before the Lord is a time of joy and release. Remember Adam and Eve ate in the Lord’s presence and walked with Him in the cool of the evening. We look forward to that future meal as seen in Revelation 19:6-10 of the Marriage feast of the Lamb.
So this Sunday let us come together with anticipation of the Lord’s presence in a special way as we remember what Christ has done for us. Confess our sins as 1 John 1:9 commands and be ready to not only examine ourselves but to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
See you Sunday,