Building bridges, Communion

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This week it was a pleasure to begin a brand new series called ‘Bridges’ and see how God has built a bridge of relationship to us and how we need to build bridges to others.

Bridges are important.

Bridges join together. They overcome obstacles. They span over trouble. Bridges connect to things that are apart. Bridges are enablers. They enable us to get from one place to another, they enable us to stay connected, they enable us to travel safely.

Bridges are not always physical, there are bridges in our lives, bridges in our faith, bridges that draw us closer to each other and bridges that draw us closer to God.

Without trying to stretch the analogy too far but I believe that all relationships in life are like a bridge. There is a distance between every person and that distance needs to be bridged before true relationship can begin.

Life is about building bridges with others and this is what we are doing together within the life of the church. We are building bridges with each other because we live in the reality of new life that God has built a bridge to us and we are able to have a relationship with him.

God had to build a bridge to us because of what we call ‘sin’.

The very first story told in the bible is about our first parents. It doesn’t matter if you think they were factual or part of a greater narrative describing creation, through them we learn that the gap between God and man exists because of the desire to put ourselves above God.

In Genesis, the result of this first sin was to put distance between God and man. This is the distance that needs to be bridged.

Now, I’m cutting the long and cosmic story short here to say that Jesus has bridged the gap of sin because of his death, burial and resurrection.

Jesus has bridged the gap between God and man. He has bridged the gap and given us a symbol of that love, that bridge, that connection that we have with God. He has given us a reminder in communion.

When we take communion, it reminds us that even though we’re all different, we’re still united through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. As a result, the church is not to be a place of competition, but a place where each individual serves the other.

Communion is a reminder of the bridge God has made. It is something that reminds us that there once was a gap between God and man but it exists no longer.

Communion is a bridge. It reminds us that there was a gap between people, that hate and pride and lust and greed and envy put a barrier between people but can be erased by Jesus.

What communion reminds us that we are all united through the person of Christ that means we should make strides to form strong relationships with one another. We are each other’s support system.

Communion is as much about bridging the gap between God and man as it is bridging the gap between people. I can say that with confidence because that’s what Jesus said: Jesus links communion to serving one another, with building bridges towards one another.

When we read through Luke 22:14-30 and have a look for yourself. Around verse 24 the disciples start arguing about who is the best, how human is that, then Jesus says this

But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.

– Luke 24:26

When we take communion, it reminds us that even though we’re all different, we’re still united through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. As a result, the church is not to be a place of competition, but a place where each individual serves the other.

God has built a bridge to you through Jesus and Jesus asks us to build bridges with each other. In some ways your spiritual health can be measured by the amount of bridges you have built with each other.

Now this is going to be a difficult question but try and be truthful with yourself: How many honest, authentic relationships do you have with other people within this church?

I know that this church is filled with wonderful, authentic, supportive relationships and I know that God wants to grow even more of these so you may support others, be supported by others and bring glory to his name.

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