Christian Symbols: Communion
Continuing my study on Christian Symbols and their significance in our lives, I have decided to take up the task of symbolizing what communion means to the believer.
Since symbols can convey such deep truths without words, I have always been fascinated with their role throughout the centuries. Our culture tends to downplay symbols. I think most of us have a knee-jerk reaction that sees symbols as a part of our superstitious past. And, in part, that is true. But there is a reason that we have always had symbols as a part of our culture.
There has never been a time in history that a people have existed without symbols. Even the Hebrews, famous as iconoclasts, had their symbols in the Tabernacle, the Ark, the Altar, etc. We need tangible items to ground us to the Intangible. We need to express our convictions through art, language, music, and speech.
Christian Symbols, therefore play a special if not tense role in our lives. We do not want to be seen as using symbols as magical talismans or a way to ward of evil. But they can be used to convey deep truths through imagery. The cross, most famous of all Christian Symbols, speak of Christ’s sacrifice and love. The lamb, the sword, the Bible, the burning bush – all are used to describe and convey and aspect of Christian doctrine.
We should not shy away from symbols. When used properly, they unite us in thought and speak to us in ways that words never could. So today I tackle the idea of communion. Here is the text I worked off of:
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 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.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
1 Corinthians 11: 23-26
Communion is a commemoration of the death of Christ. It is our grounding point as a people. It is our commonality. By partaking in the meal we identify with His death and with His body. It makes us one. It is also a reminder that He is coming again. So communion unites us in Him, unites us together, and unites us in His coming. I decided that the cross should be the central focus. The circle is emblematic of being united in one body. And the circle jutting upwards is a reminder that we must always be looking for His coming.
While I am not satisfied that this is a final product… It is a start. The colors seem a bit off and I think it is missing part of the theological statement… But it is a start. Let me know your thoughts.
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