Christians participate in a sacrament referred to as the ‘Lord’s Supper’. The Lord’s Supper commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. During the Lord’s Supper, Christians partake of the same bread, and the same wine, thereby declaring commonality of faith in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Commonality (sameness of quality and quantity) of the bread and wine declares all are equal in sight of God, that all benefit equally from death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the reason the slices of bread are the same size, the sizes of cups of wine the same. It is partly for ensuring of commonality of the bread that many churches substitute wafers or crackers for ‘the bread’, after all the bread is symbolic.
In addition to commonality of faith, in the partaking of the bread and the wine, Christians declare what they consider to be reality — the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The life and death of Jesus Christ are acknowledged by non-biblical historians. Only the resurrection is preserve of Christianity.
Whether you believe in the resurrection or not you have to wonder how a man born to a carpenter, who was an itinerant teacher, who was crucified on a Cross by the Roman Empire became cornerstone of human history. Whether you believe in the resurrection or not, the history of the world post crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and by Christian attestation, post resurrection of Jesus Christ, attests to presence of some reality to continuation of person of Jesus Christ.
Just so I am not accused of
blowing smoke, consider the following.
Dating of history is relevant to birth of Jesus Christ.
Within 300 years, and absent any religion induced violence, the Christian faith conquered the Roman Empire. The Eastern Roman Empire, which was overtly Christian in it’s civil codes, and whose center was Constantinople, was envy of the entire world for over 1,000 years (from about 325 to 1350 AD).
The printing press, which made formal education a mass commodity, which made possible creation of a viable middle and upper middle class all over the world, was invented for printing of the Bible — the Christian’s creed.
Most of early formal education was run by Christians. Each of Harvard and Yale University started off as Schools of Divinity. The foundation of these schools had to have been good to have produced whatever these institutions are today.
Democracy is a Christian concept. Some attribute democracy to Greek philosophy. Yes, there was some democracy in Greek culture. But it was a weak form of democracy at best. And by the way, why exactly did Sparta and Athens fight each other to a standstill? Because Sparta wanted to dominate Athens and all Greece. Does not sound like the most credible form of democracy to me.
While there are lots of charlatans who claim otherwise, this because they seek to create the impression that Christianity is incompatible with intelligence and science, many scientists, and knowledge created by scientists have arisen out of faith in a created orderly world of which there is capacity for understanding exactly how it works. Think Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle (Father of Chemistry), Marie Curie (the only two-time Nobel prize winner ever) etc. All ardent Christians.
If Jesus resurrected and nothing happened thereafter, who would care? The reality of His effect on history and life is perhaps more credible evidence of His resurrection, of continuation of His person.
But I digress.
In my immediately preceding post, I discussed how seeds can be very different from fruits that they produce. Think apple seeds vis-a-vis apples, orange seeds vis-a-vis oranges, watermelon seeds vis-a-vis watermelons.
The mystery of the Lord’s Supper can be likened to the mystery of seeds and the fruits they produce.
Whenever Christians participate in the Lord’s Supper, they ingest bread and wine, participate in, and produce the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
Mystery? Yes. But no more a mystery than a hard black seed transforming itself into red or green apples, or a hard black seed transforming itself into a watermelon.
Feasibility of the mystery of the bread and wine is evident in the mystery of seeds and the non-look-alike fruits they produce.