The Beginning and the End
Which is the most important meal of the day? Is it more important to give your body fuel before going out to work, or to replenish your body after a hard day of work? Is eating what you do first or last? Does breakfast commence or does dinner consummate?
This is a meditation exercise, not a push for the only answer. In addition to the reality that people’s bodies are different, and people have different preferences, the general question is not either/or. We do both.
Our communion at the Lord’s Table also works both ways, even as it reminds us to look both ways, back to Christ’s first coming and forward to His second coming. In our corporate worship, communion is toward the end in the liturgy, a crowning point. And though Sunday is the first day of the week, it is the end of the weekend, and we often come before Him spent, empty. We have not been working in order to earn our salvation, but we’ve been working because we love Christ and desire to please Him. The meal He provides satisfies and refills. He provides “the food that endures for eternal life” (John 6:27).
But also in our liturgy communion precedes the commission, as we are charged and blessed back toward our responsibilities. The supper is faith-fuel.
Are you weary? Come to Christ. Are you eager? Start with Christ. He is the first and the last, the beginning and the end (Revelation 22:13), He is life and bread, He has accomplished our salvation and He is the author of our faith that hasn’t finished its course yet, and He will raise us up on the last day (John 6:54).