There are various kinds of attraction forces that hold people groups together. One is ethnicity and language, which gives scared and lonely immigrants a better shot at survival. One is race—centuries of underdog status have made all black folks in America brothers and sisters to each other. Another is a common economic and social philosophy, which keeps political parties together year after year.
Christians hold together through several glues. One of the most powerful is Lord’s Supper, which not only binds people more closely to their Savior Jesus, but it also has a horizontal dimension, bonding the people who experience the holy meal together. The Christians in Corinth badly needed this healing and power because their young congregation was so riven into factions: “Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf” (1 Corinthians 10:17).
Cult leaders, concentration camp commandants, and the devil all use the same strategy to break people down—isolation from the group and steady indoctrination of lies. The Lord’s Supper is a priceless gift from Christ to bond us to a band of fellow believers. No matter how lonely you may feel during the week, there is no mistaking the comfort and strength you can derive from the sacramental communal meal. You aren’t crazy to believe all the wondrous and invisible things in the gospel.
You are not alone.
Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.
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