IN REST AND AGENCY
At the last meeting of our house church we celebrated the Lord’s Supper or as it is also called the Lord’s Table. I remember reading an earnest piece of writing many years ago in which the writer lamented the lack of the practice and understanding of ‘the sacraments.’
As we celebrated we affirmed that we were not willing Jesus into us by eating the bread and drinking the wine. Our eating and drinking was a celebration and affirmation of the fact that Jesus was already our life, that His life is ours and that we are one with Him in His relationship with Father and Holy Spirit.
If we are living in our inheritance we are live Christ our life. We are living ‘one substance’ with God. We are living ‘those who eat Me will live because of Me’.
Jesus said, ‘Unless we eat His Flesh and drink His blood, we have no life in us.’ This was not a figure of speech. It was INCARNATION the new and living way of the post cross age.
The Lord’s Table is a celebration of what is – the reality in which we are living. It’s not a magic trick to overcome the separation between ourselves and God that no longer exists. You are one with God.
In the new covenant age the sacrament is Christ our life. This is the sacrament – not as a piece of religion but as Christ’s life as our life; as Christ personally in us manifesting His Spirit in our flesh. Thus in the new testament age Christ in us is the sacrament and we are living or meant to be living a sacramental life in which each day and each experience is Christ manifest in Bill and Jean.
We can choose to. Obstinately live in the law, glued to bits and pieces of the knowledge of good and evil. By grace we can even manifest a few droplets of living water – but never flowing rivers of spirit and life. Why? Because we are not alive.
LIVING IN CHRISTIANITY BUT NOT IN LIFE
In this age our life is “A life of “adopted” sonship and daughterhood, whereby we share in Jesus’ divine inheritance or are “heirs of the same promise,” the metaphors that Paul effectively uses. I am so saddened that much of Christian history that has read these same metaphors seems to have had so little inner experience to know that it is actually true—and true for them.” (1)
CHRIST IN YOU
Rohr laments the experience of many that is no experience at all because it is just an assertion and a bunch of religious words. His wish, as is mine, is that the words ‘Christ our life’ are the alpha and omega of a lived experience that is the actuality of Christ as a real person come in our flesh. Come in our flesh to manifest in us, in order to be us in the world. This is the church built without human hands and the reality of the Kingdom built in the Spirit and manifesting as a real culture and a transforming society in the real world.
Either Jesus is everything or we are nothing. In this age you are the sacrament. The sacrament is Christ in you – Christ our life.
Before the fall Adam and Eve lived in a perpetual Sabbath of relationship with God. Following the resurrection of Jesus will live in the incarnation, which is a Sabbath life of interwoveness with the trinity. You can do better than a sabbath day or a worshipful Sunday. You have a sabbath life in which you are so included in God that God is woven into you and you are woven into God.
The Lord’s Table is not an occasion to mourn the cross. It’s an affirmation that we are one substance with God. We are sons and daughters.
Let’s be clear. Jesus is not here to encourage some abstract behaviors or some holy laws among us. He does not mediate Himself into words on paper or words originally set on stone. Neither does He incarnate Himself into religion. He incarnates Himself personally into all of us and weaves His Spirit into ours. This is the Body of Christ and the new creation emerging in the world.
(1) Rohr, Richard. Immortal Diamond: The search for our true self. SPCK. Kindle Edition.