The Lord’s Supper: Hunger & Thirst

The Lord’s Supper: Hunger & Thirst

Today we’re commissioning our youth missions team to France. One of the events our team will help host in France is a Non-Musical Night of Worship. Last Sunday evening, they hosted one for us here at Cornerstone. Instead of singing, we walked from station to station at our own pace, reflecting and praying. At one of my favorite stations they placed a jug of water, France-colored rice-crispy treats, and several verses, including this one.

John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

Do you ever feel like there’s something missing in your life? Do you ever feel hungry or thirsty for something you can’t quite satisfy? You’ve tried everything, popularity, fitness, friendships, career success, educational achievement, maybe even religion, but it’s just not enough.

C.S. Lewis writes in Mere Christianity, “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”

We’re made for something more. Each of us are made for a relationship with the living God. Jesus offers us this relationship with this God through himself. Jesus Christ is the bread of life. He can fill that ache, he can fill your deep need. He can fill that inner thirst.

If Jesus isn’t your bread of life, I invite you to confess your sins in your heart and to place your faith in him. That means trusting him above all, that he really is the spiritual meal that can satisfy. If you’ve taken this initial meal, if you’ve come to Jesus and believed in him, Jesus promises you will never be truly hungry or thirsty again.

Today, as we eat the bread and drink the cup, I want you to remember Jesus himself is your first meal. He is the bread of life. As I say the words of institution, receive them as an invitation to a dinner where we will eat and drink in remembrance of the bread of life, of Jesus.

1 Corinthians 11:23-24 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (ESV)

1 Corinthians 11:25-26 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (ESV)

If you’ve eaten of that initial meal, putting your faith in Jesus, you’re welcome to partake. But if you haven’t come to that first meal, to the bread of life, hold off. It’s coming to that first meal, to Jesus, that makes you qualified to come to this meal. If you’re someone who does believe, examine your hearts, confess your sins, and partake. For those who come to Jesus, the bread of life, and believe, please join me in prayer and taking the Lord’s Supper.

Pastor Jonathan Romig wrote this reflection on the Lord’s Supper.