Communion in a manger
My family and I went to church on Christmas morning. Towards the end of the service the church partook of
communion. What was very interesting to me was that the communion plates were set up in mangers at the front of the church. Normally during a service, ushers will pass around the communion plates to those gathered. But this service, families were encouraged to come to the front together and take the communion elements. The idea of the communion elements being placed in a manger struck something very deep within me.
At Christmas time we think about the baby Jesus lying in a manger. This baby would grow up and one day tell people that if they did not eat His flesh and drink His blood that they could have no part of Him. A manger is simply a feeding trough. On that Christmas morning so long ago, a baby who was born to die for all of humanity, was laid in a feeding trough so that one day all of those who would embrace Him would eat of His flesh and drink of His blood as a sign of their covenant with Him. I know that in our modern day, civilized world this sounds atrocious. Think of how it sounded to the first-century Jews that Jesus was teaching. This statement of drinking His blood and eating His flesh caused many to turn away from Him (see John chapter 6). Think about the imagery: bread and wine in a manger. A baby destined to become a sacrifice for us. We are all invited to come to the feeding trough and partake of this precious bread and wine (body and blood).
For me it was a very moving part of the service. It helped me to realize the significance of communion in a much deeper way. Just something to think about as you journey along!