There’s a common tendency for mankind to desire unity, but to seek for it outside of God Himself. Ecumenical movements try to thread a needle and appear united under some generic, Christ-less, spirituality. Politicians bloviate about “finding common ground”. The media chant their familiar mantras about how we all need to come together. Well, let me break some news, we have here in this sacrament what they all want.
The Saints have unity. We are made one with our Head. We are one body with each other. The same Spirit dwells in the whole. It isn’t a divided Spirit, but the Holy Spirit, who unites us to Christ our head. But this unity is the result of a Broken & Bloody Christ. This is the only basis for true unity.
By this union we become more & more like Christ, shunning our sins ever more vehemently, laboring all the more earnestly to do God-glorifying works, and seeking to keep the unity which Christ’s Spirit has imparted. The truth we confess at this table is that of a whole Christ. He is ascended bodily to the Father’s right hand, He is the head of the church, and as such, His Spirit fills all in all.
This means for each of us, that you aren’t left to live a Christian life without Christ. You live out the Christian life because He has joined you to Himself and to His body, and He’s sent forth His Spirit to dwell richly in you and every other saint. And because He dwells in us richly, our songs our loud. Our praise is hearty. Our joy in Him and our fellow saints is overflowing. The only point of unity for mankind is to come here. Come to Christ. Come taste the broken bread. Come drink this cup of wine. And nevermore hunger or thirst.
So come in faith and welcome to Jesus Christ…