John 6:56 “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.”
Later in his gospel (John 15:5) John will come back to the idea of remaining in Jesus; “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” If we assume for the moment that the above verse from John 6 has at least something to do with communion, we see how vital it is to being in touch with God. Of course, you can’t give yourself communion. Private communion is a contradiction in terms. I’m all for silence and solitude, time alone with only God, but that was never meant to be the totality of our relating to him. You can watch a church service on TV. You can get a lot off the internet. You can learn a lot from reading the bible or other books. You can’t “eat my flesh and drink my blood” and thus remain in Christ the way he speaks of here without being present bodily in the community of faith. You can find fault with the church all over the place and your criticism will no doubt be valid, but with all its shortcomings the church as the people of God committed to coming together physically in one place to remain in Jesus and feed on Jesus or however you want to word it is still pretty important according to what we read in scripture. How and where will you devour Christ and remain in him this week?