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Communion as…. Eucharist

June 24, 2013 Leave a comment

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Some Christians refer to the Lord’s Supper as communion, others Eucharist,  and others, well… they call it the Lord’s Supper.

The term Eucharist comes from a translation from a Greek word (language Bible was written in) to English (language I understand most of the time) from the story of Jesus offering bread and wine (and a whole lot more) at his last meal with his followers.

“The Lord Jesus, in the night in which he was betrayed, took bread and when he had given thanks (eucharisteo), he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”- 1 Cor. 11:23-24

The root word for Eucharist is charis, which shows up all over the place in the Bible as different words in English:  Grace (Romans 3:23-24), Joyful (1 Thes. 5:16), Thanks (1 Thes. 5:18), Rejoice (Matt. 5:12)  , Overjoyed (Matthew 2:10), Hello (Matthew 28:9), Goodbye (2 Cor. 13:11), Give (Galatians 3:18), Forgive (Ephes. 4:32), and Gift (1 Cor. 12:4).

So… what’s the point?

To tell you the truth, I’m not exactly sure.  But, I think the connection of all these words make me think there is something important about how they all connect.  Maybe it is something like this:

REJOICING in the EUCHARIST is one means, in fact the highest means, of GREETING one another and together expressing our JOY from RECEIVING the FORGIVENESS of God’s GRACE, which has enabled us to both receive spiritual GIFTS AND to GIVE them as THANKSGIVING for the common good of His church.

Or in other words

REMEMBERING THE GRACE WE RECIEVED in the MEAL OF GRACE is one means, in fact the highest means, of GRACING one another and together expressing our CELELBRATION OF GRACE from RECEIVING the GRACING GIVING of God’s GRACE, which has enabled us to both receive spiritual GIFTS TO GRACE OTHERS WITH  AND to POUR OUT GRACE ON them as THANKSGIVING OF GRACE for the common good of His church.

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