A Daily Communion

Willow Creek | March 7, 2022

The sacrament of Communion is a sacred celebration—both an individual and collective experience where we look within and around at the faithfulness of God as we partake in the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper. 

While the ritual of eating the bread and the wine allows us to pause and remember together, we can experience a daily connection with God through the same rhythms. Take some time today to commune with God, reflecting and expressing gratitude for who Jesus is and what He has done in your life.

Look Back & Remember

For the Jewish people, Passover was an annual celebration marking the time God set them free from captivity in Egypt. So when Jesus gathered His disciples for Passover, they were expecting to do what they did every year, but Jesus knew this meal would be ushering in another moment of freedom. Jesus stepped into the story of redemption, seeing the brokenness, and provided His body (the bread) as a way out. Take a moment to realize the way you are part of a larger story of redemption:

  • Where has God set you free? 
  • How has Jesus provided for you? 
  • Who in your life has Jesus transformed? How does that give you hope?

Look Within & Surrender

During the Last Supper, Jesus changed the script from the traditional Passover meal. When He took the wine, He brought in Jewish wedding tradition (a man would use wine as a means of proposing to a bride). His act of pouring wine ushered in a new plan and new promise. He looked at His disciples and passed the cup, inviting them into this new covenant relationship with Him (Luke 22:20). 

  • Have you stepped into the “new covenant” with Jesus, accepting His invitation to partake in the Kingdom of God?
  • How have you forgotten the ways you’ve been forgiven and set free?
  • How have you seen Jesus promised faithfulness, even if you have wavered in your faith?

Look Around & Restore

When we look around, we recognize that the ancient practice of Communion has transcended time, culture, and place. We are part of a bigger story—we are connected to the Body of Believers. At the same time, your Communion with God is tied to your connection with others. If something is broken in your relationship with someone else, you have to reconcile it to fully experience what God has for you (Matthew 5:23–24).

  • What relationships are strained in your life? 
  • How can you reconcile or restore them so that you can fully connect with God?

Look Ahead with Faith

Communion is an opportunity to proclaim the promises of God, and our daily time with God gives us a chance to do the same. Jesus not only promised to set us free in this day but usher in a New Heaven and New Earth, where all things will be redeemed and restored. In Revelation 21, we see a future where every tear is wiped away, where there will be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain (Revelation 21:3–4). 

  • What promises are you clinging to today?
  • Where do you put your hope?
  • What do you most look forward to in the restored future?

Let us enjoy our collective times of Communion and remembrance, but take time each day to commune with God.