I went to high school with a guy whose nickname was Tiny. At 6’4″ and a solid 285 pounds, he was anything but tiny. He earned his nickname due to his lack of aggression on the football field and in the weight room. Isn’t it crazy how someone can be one of the biggest, baddest dudes, yet be one of the nicest people you could ever meet?
Every time I talk to or even think of Tiny, I am reminded of the idea that Jesus is the lion and the lamb in our lives. It says in Revelation:
And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
— Revelation 5:5–6
Just as Tiny was at the same time gigantic and modest, God is the lion and the lamb, the one who struck fear into everyone’s heart as well as the one who gave his life to save the sinner. That is what communion is about: remembering the lamb that gave his life, his body and blood, so that we, the sinners, may be set free.
Many of us often forget what communion is about. We view it as just another Sunday when the bread and grape juice are at the front of the room, and we don’t truly consider what it is we are remembering. We are remembering the blood that was spilled to cover and wash over the sin in our lives. That is what communion symbolizes. So, the next time you hear the words, “do this and remember,” take the time to recall what it is you are grateful for.