Depending upon your upbringing, communion may mean the sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings. To Catholics and Christians, communion is a Holy Sacrament, also known as the Eucharist. In the context of the passage below, Jesus withdraws from a crowded house to spend time with God, likely listening, meditating and praying to his heavenly father. This daily spiritual practice energized Jesus’ soul, providing vision and direction for his earthly ministry.
Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left [the house], and went out to a secluded place, and was praying there, Mark 1:35.
Before the concept of home churches began, Jesus connected every day with his disciples. This time together was spent teaching, answering questions and reclining at a table while eating. Like a first century Bible Study, Jesus was the living word, John 1:1-5, living his life as an open book for the whole world to see. The disciples maintained this gathering after Jesus’ ascension into heaven, Acts 2:42-47. The more individuals connect with fellow believers, the sharper you become spiritually, Proverbs 27:17.
Simon [Peter] and his companions searched [everywhere, looking anxiously] for Him, 37 and they found Him and said, “Everybody is looking for You!” 38 He replied, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so I may preach there also; that is why I came [from the Father].” 39 So He went throughout Galilee, preaching [the gospel] in their synagogues and casting out demons, Mark 1:36-39.
When communion is immediately followed by connection with like minded Christians, the Holy Spirit fills individuals with a strong conviction to act upon their faith. Communion and connection propelled Jesus to preach the good news of salvation from town to town. If you have ever had the chance to attend a conference, retreat or revival, God fills people with confidence, desire and energy to serve Jesus like never before. This fusion of excitement is like a raging river bursting out of its banks. May this blog inspire you to commune with God, interact with brothers and sisters and share your faith with others without hesitation or regret.
by Jay Mankus