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January 9, 2014

We Too Are the Bread (May – June 1996)

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A Communion Devotional at Highland Church of Christ
Abilene, Texas

by Darryl Tippens
May – June, 1996

There’s an old saying, “You are what you eat.” At the literal level, I hope I don’t become what I eat at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I don’t know if it’s true, but I do know that the saying is true at the spiritual level. At the Lord’s Table, we do become what we eat, spiritually speaking.

Jesus Christ is the Bread of Life. He is the sacred Wine poured out for the whole world. As we eat this bread and drink this cup—as we take these elements into our bodies—mysteriously, over time, we BECOME the bread and wine ourselves. We become the bread and wine that nourish the world.

For centuries Christians debated whether or not the bread was mysteriously transformed into the flesh of Jesus Christ. In all the argument, however, they missed the deeper mystery and the greater miracle: that WE are transformed into Jesus Christ! It matters less if this wafer becomes the body of Christ. It matters much more if I become the flesh of Christ!

Paul says that we are transformed into his likeness, degree by degree (2 Corinthians 3:18). As we become Bread, we let the light, the salt, and the truth of Jesus shape us in every way possible. Week by week, we are changed into his likeness.

It is awesome and awe-inspiring to come to the Table of the Lord. Here, we say to one another and to God: “I want to be taken by God; I want to be blessed by him; I want to be broken by him and given by him back to the world for sacrificial service” (Henri Nouwen, Life of the Beloved (New York: Crossroads, 1992). Let us become what we now eat and think — bread and drink for the world.Wineskins Magazine

Darryl Tippens

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