The Promise of Reunion and of Unity

“I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from
now on until that day when I drink it new with
you in my Father’s kingdom.”
Matthew 26: 29

Jesus instituted the service we today call
The Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11: 20) at the time of the Spring
festival of the Passover (Matt. 26: 2), the time of his Exodus
(Luke 9: 31), “when evening had come”
(Matt. 26: 20), “on the night in which he was betrayed” (1 Cor.
11: 23). It was a time of hard travel, stress, alienation and
separation from the Father, family and friends, and from life.

On that night, Jesus washed His disciples’ feet and taught
them, and us, about the importance and significance of this
symbol (John 13: 1-17). The service of humility is a symbol
of putting aside what separates, and of replacing it with
overlooking and love. It is also a symbol of death and
renewal to new life (John 13: 10 and Rom. 6: 3-4).

Jesus took the second, middle, and hidden portion of
unleavened bread, blessed, broke and gave it to His disciples
(Matt. 26: 26) as symbolic of Him as bread of life (John 6:
35), bringing life and nourishment through His death (John
6: 22-71). He also took the third cup of the service, gave
thanks and gave it to them as symbolic of His life, given as
covering for errors, and also as promise of a future reunion.

Jesus established the communion service
as a sign of reunion and hope
before a time of separation.
Jesus instituted the communion service
as a sign of comfort,
united love,
and reunion hope.

The Good Friday of Jesus’ suffering and separation, and the
rest of the Sabbath day in His tomb culminated in the joyous
Sunday resurrection and reunion. The Spring and Fall
festivals both culminate in a joyful thanksgiving and
reunion!!! The goal of our earthly pilgrimage is living love
and being fully reunited with it forever.

I am so glad to be back with you here at Lubbock Church
this Sabbath, dear church family and friends. None of the
interruption of the past few days was planned. Everything
went as well as it could, but I am so glad to be back
together today to celebrate communion as symbolic of
present love and of future hope when there will be

“no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.
for the former things have passed away.”
Revelation 21: 4