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Holy Week Devotional - Maundy Thursday April 13 by Angie Fuller

MAUNDY THURSDAY APRIL 13
Communion Service 7:30

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 1 Corinthians 11: 26

Birthdays had “magic” angel food cake. Thanksgiving included rainbow Jello salad. Christmas meant tins of at least three flavors of fudge. Easter dinner had Dutch-spiced beef. Fourth of July… homemade hot fudge sundaes. Church potlucks…corn casserole. To this day, when we encounter these foods, they are more than flavors. They evoke memories of loved ones who prepared them and of how they helped mark important moments in our lives as we ate together.

The Passover meal does the same in a more sacred way. The foods help generations of Jews remember the events that shaped them, and that the experience is to be shared .They remember together. The night before Jesus’ crucifixion was no different. The disciples gathered with Him to eat, to remember, and to deepen their relationships. Little did they know that evening’s meal would hold so much more to remember.

Fast forward 50 years to the city of Corinth. Since there were no church buildings, Christians gathered in homes for worship and fellowship, bringing food for what was supposed to be a shared meal. Unfortunately, societal divisions greatly influenced these congregations. The few who could afford to bring choice meat, honey, and wine sat together and ate their food in full view of the middle class and poor, who ate what little bread or fish they had. The Corinthians celebrated the Lord’s Supper, but their bread and wine were sometimes merely components of their potluck. Or, they consecrated the elements but consumed them within their social cliques instead of as a unified body of believers.

Paul reminds them—and us—that the Lord’s Supper is holy and is designed for both individual and collective benefits. We remember with gratitude that the breaking of Christ’s body mended the brokenness sin creates in our personal relationship with God. We come together—no matter our nationality, status, or place in history—to honor Christ’s love for the entire body of believers. And we hunger for the day when we and all other believers will be with Him again.

As we gather around the Lord’s global table, may the words of every language, the tastes of every loaf or wafer, and the work of the Holy Spirit strengthen our communion with Christ and with each other.

Angie Fuller

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