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Look Forward, Tooby Duane Mabee on May 30, 2019
When we celebrate communion, we not only celebrate what God did for us through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we also celebrate what God still plans to do for us in the future. All believers in Jesus Christ have been invited to a huge celebratory feast with God the Father, Christ Jesus the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. It will be a time of great festivity and deep intimacy.
In his little booklet, Understanding the Lord’s Supper, Bobby Jamieson wrote:
"Jesus hinted at this feast when he instituted the Lord’s Supper. After telling his disciples to drink the cup of the new covenant in his blood, he added, “I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom” (Matt. 26:29 ESV). The Lord’s Supper doesn’t just look back to the cross; it also looks forward to the coming of God’s kingdom. It looks forward to a time when Jesus himself will feast with his people. That’s why Paul reminds us, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (1 Cor. 11:26). When we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we’re not just remembering the past; we’re tasting the future…"
"God will deal death a deathblow, and sorrow and shame will vanish. And on that day when God destroys death, he will deal out delicious food to his people, a people gathered from all peoples. On that day, God’s people will be satisfied not just by him but in him, when his salvation makes our hearts burst for joy."
"But now we trust, we hope, we wait. And when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we look back to the cross and forward to the coming kingdom. In the bread and the wine is not only the brokenness and bitterness of Jesus’ death, but also a foretaste of the feast God will throw for his Son when he joins him to his bride forever."