“While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.'” — Matthew 26:26
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth… God will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away. And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” … Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.” Rev 21:1-6a
As Christians, we believe that when we gather around the communion table to remember the last night Jesus was with his disciples in the Upper Room, it is beyond just an “historical” remembering. It is also a remembering “into the future.” We gather around the table with all who have ever done so, who do now, and who ever will do so. It is a “little heaven below” that transforms us into the One Spirit. As we stand on the precipice of the new year, we begin this series with a commitment to “break open” our lives to God’s future for us.