Trinity and Communion
There is nothing more profound and beautiful than the eternal, cascading love within the Trinity which resides in us who believe by the Spirit. The Father has loved the Son from eternity past (John 17:24) and, likewise, the Son has loved the Father (John 14:31). The Spirit is the outward, missional (sent) movement of the Trinity pouring out the love of God in our hearts (Rom. 5:5) and revealing the “deep things of God” to us (1 Cor. 2:10-11).
However, in John 6:56-65, we see a similar cascade of LIFE being made available to those granted to come to Jesus by the Father.
The section begins with a fairly disgusting, even shocking statement which Jesus uses as a metaphor for belief, “Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.” However, this is given clarity and meaning as Jesus reveals a cascade of LIFE:
- The LIVING Father sent the Son (v.57)
- The Son has LIFE because of the Father (v.57)
- Whoever feeds on Jesus (believes) will LIVE (forever) (v.57)
- The Spirit is the outward, missional movement of the Trinity pouring out LIFE into those who believe in the Son (v.63)
This passage prefigures “Eucharist” or “Communion” or the “Lord’s Supper.” In Luke 22:14-20, during the Passover feast, Jesus took bread, gave thanks, and broke it saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” After they had eaten, He likewise took a cup of wine and gave thanks saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” As they ate and drank, the words recorded by John became pregnant with eschatological significance, “For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
This feast is the essence of the already but not yet of the kingdom. When we take it together as one diverse body, we remember the past death and resurrection of Christ (Luke 22:19), participate, or abide, in Christ in the present (John 6:56; 1 Cor. 10:16-17), and proclaim His death until He returns, making all things new (Luke 22:18; 1 Cor. 11:26).
And this bountiful feast, to be taken in community, must serve as a poignant reminder: our missional God has given us life via the SENT Son by the Spirit. And we too are God’s sent people (John 20:21) holding fast to this Word of Life (Php. 2:14-16) as we proclaim Him who is our LIFE (Col. 3:4) and who is LIFE (John 14:6).
“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:30-31