Holy Eucharist

A chief of an African tribe, who had been converted, was exceedingly fervent in his prayers and praises during worship. In addition, he was very generous in his kindness and gifts to the missionary and his work. The missionary at length asked him why he was so lavish in his gifts. The converted chief said, “Ah, you have never been in darkness!”

The ancient term for the Lord’s Day worship service is holy eucharist, which means “holy thanksgiving.” The worship service was seen as a time of corporate praise and thanksgiving to God. Paul expressed, “Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).

The word for “thanks” is eucharisteo, which is an admonition, the Lord Jesus Christ suggesting His character and example. We are to express our thankfulness in worship, which is due Him who is worthy.

There is the story of a senior saint who had been born blind, yet was joyful. One day, when speaking with another believer, the blind man said,

“You know, I have so much more to give thanks for than you.”

“What! More than I?” the other exclaimed. “Why, I have been able to see for years!”

The blind man looked up, with those sightless eyes, and said, “Oh, yes; but you have had to see so many things which have been disagreeable and distressing, so many faces which were unkind, and angry and unholy, but the first face that I will ever see will be the face of my blessed Savior, who loved me and gave Himself for me. So, I have more to be thankful for than you.”

“We read in 1 Corinthians 10:16 of ‘the cup of thanksgiving.’

I feel like that good old saint who said that if she got to heaven, Jesus Christ would never hear the end of it. Truly He never shall, for my cup overflows with thanksgiving for who Christ is, and what He has done” (Spurgeon).

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center