Communion is a good old Puritan word that means hanging out with God. Spending time with him. Getting to know him. Abiding in his word. Meditating on it. Talking with Jesus – thanking him, praying, casting our cares on him.
The peace Jesus is talking about isn’t world peace, inner peace, or even peace between people (though this peace leads to peace between people). He’s talking about the peace with God he bought on the cross.
We may “crave” to grow spiritually, but it won’t happen without diligent effort. It is the diligent person – the one who keeps on plodding day after day, faithfully reading her Bible, praying, fellowshipping, listening to messages – who will have her soul richly supplied.
Israel wasn’t even thinking the Red Sea might split open. That wasn’t one of their options. Nobody was saying, “Wait a minute, don’t panic. God might make a channel through the water and take us through on dry ground.” No. God has answers we can’t even imagine.
Ted and his wife were regular fixtures in my office at the time. He was a serious slave of sin. He’d turned to Christ a couple years before and seemed to truly despise his sin, but kept sliding back into it.