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Jehovah Shalom - Perfect Justice, Peace & Praise
Food For Thought
The broken body and blood of Jesus Christ symbolized in the communion elements. It doesn't get any more praiseworthy than that!
The Bible explains that the praises of God should be governed by the Holy Spirit, but enthusiastic and passionate. The Bible shows that the praises given to God the right way, are loud, zealous, and reflect a deep understanding of who God is. To praise God properly requires a certain amount of spiritual maturity. This isn’t to say that new believers aren’t able to praise God, but instead, that praising God the right way requires a clear mind that is set on spiritual things according to the truth of the Word of God – not carnal things.
This concept was really difficult to communicate through food. When we were talking about how to communicate the concept of praise through food, it became discouraging. The world has embraced the concept of expressing admiration and celebration, but does so in ways that aren’t very Godly. When talking about how the world expresses its form of “praise,” we realized that the worldly form of praise is often expressed through indulgence and intoxication. These weren’t culinary avenues we were very interested in exploring to communicate Godly praise. Unfortunately, the quintessential human form of praise is often focused on self-indulgence, rather than honoring that which is truly praiseworthy.
So, this issue became difficult. After a lot of discussions, we just couldn’t come up with anything that reflected a celebratory concept, but in a manner that expressed self-denial, not self-indulgence. That was until, we considered the obvious Biblical application – communion. The Bible explains that, when Jesus taught His disciples at the Last Supper on Passover evening, and instituted communion, He explained the symbolic essence of the bread and wine traditionally served at Passover. The Feast of Unleavened Bread was a celebration that culminated at Passover, commemorating the deliverance that God provided to Israel from the Egyptians. It was a time set to rejoice over the miracles God had performed, that enabled the worship of His people in the manner that God desired. It was an opportunity to express thanks, and honor God in uniquely amazing ways, over the uniquely amazing work God had done.
While the Israelites might have figured the traditions of Passover to be special to some degree, Jesus explained that all of the elements of Passover were of the utmost importance concerning the promises of God to deliver the souls of His people from the bondage of sin, death, and hell! Jesus taught that the bread He broke, and the cup of wine that He held, was symbolic of His body and blood, that were going to be given as a sacrifice the very next day. The elements of bread and wine might seem plain and simple in one sense. Yet, when we consider the context that Jesus taught about bread and wine on the night of His arrest, is there any other food that should communicate selfless praise more than this? So, in this photo, we have pictured the bread and wine of communion, from an exalted perspective. Remember what this really means…