Today, is a day that I have been looking forward to. We are going to celebrate communion together as a church family. As I prayed and thought about this service, I began to think about the meaning of communion and its roots in Biblical tradition. We read the story of what has become known as the last supper in the book of Luke
Luke 22:8-20 (KJV)
And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat. And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare? And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guest chamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready. And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover. And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
As I studied communion, I kept coming to the jewish celebration of passover and the fact that it is forever linked to the last supper. On the day before his crucifixion, Jesus instructed his disciple John to go to Jerusalem to make preparations for passover. He gave them clear instructions about the house in which they would be gathering and the upper room in which they would celebrate the feast of passover. There was so much that needed to be done in preparation for this celebration. They needed to secure a room and a place to eat, but there was more. They also needed to pay attention to the preparation of the meal. They had to ensure that everything that they did kept with the tradition.
These instructions had been passed down from generation to generation…today they are still taught to Jewish children. As I looked at these customs and traditions. I began to see the relevance that they have to what we are about to take part in this morning.
Pastor Jerron Carney and his wife, Holly, were elected senior pastor of Woodlawn in 2013. Prior to their election, Pastor Jerron served Woodlawn, since 2005, in student ministry and administrative pastor. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, School of Business with an emphasis in accounting. He is the proud father of Jane-Claire, Jack, & Everly June. They are his greatest source of joy. He enjoys the outdoors through hunting and golf… Go Saints!