A few months ago a highly skilled chap called Gary made an oak cross for the church as a leaving present. What follows below is his interpretive explanation of what he has made, and why he made it like that. It is marvellous!!!
The biblical meaning of ‘Eucharist’ (or ‘Communion’ or ‘The Lord’s Supper’) as it comes to us through the Old and New Testaments, contains a vast array of images and meanings that are there to prevent us from dogmatic one-dimensionalism, but gift us with a multi-dimensionalism of blessing and enrichment:
From the OT:
… a re-enactment of a salvation event.
… the celebration of the sealing of a covenant.
… an anticipation of the messianic banquet.
From the Meals of Jesus:
… a remembering of the table fellowship of Jesus with its overtones of God’s acceptance and forgiveness.
… a sharing in the mystery of Christ’s resurrection appearances in which he ate and drank with his disciples. Continue reading
Gralefrit is (another) blog of theological musings and sermons and other juicy tit-bits from a follower of Jesus Christ, hoping to be joined by others along the Way. Gralefrit is a made-up word in honour of the undercover policeman (played by Robin Ellis) in an episode of Fawlty Towers (A Touch of Class) who, when ordering breakfast from the maid Polly, assumed the persona of an ignorant illiterate, and ordered his grapefruit by stumbling through the menu and asked for a “gralefrit’. Classic!!
The link with this web site should be obvious: I am a God-lover, Jesus follower, UK Baptist church minister, aspiring theologian, husband, father, grandfather, wannabe chef, but feel that any attempts to explain the divine grapefruit of God’s Word only end up as a stuttering and incoherent stumble towards something that stretches and leans towards the real thing.
If I can tempt you with my gralefrits, then maybe you can be encouraged to actually taste the real thing.