FlashForward & The Eucharist

“And they will come from east and west and from north and south, and will recline at the table in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 13:29)

One of the canceled TV shows that I will miss is ABC’s FlashForward. I’ve always been intrigued by the ideas in the show. If you’ve never heard of it, here’s a nice promo of it:

In the show, all the people in the world saw a glimpse of the future, and this changed lives. A man who was about to take his life saw that he would find the love of his life, and he turned from suicide to actively finding the girl in his vision. A workaholic government agent saw that she would be having a baby and she started loving and preparing for this baby even though she had no idea how she would conceive. A father saw that he would find his missing daughter and he risked his life to fulfill that vision.

The main point is that, people who are able to see into their future, will change their lives in the present to get there. Ever heard of people asking you, “What do you want people to say about you at your funeral?” That’s a way of expressing this principle.

And somehow this makes me think of the Eucharist. Also known as the Communion, or the Lord’s Supper. Many times, in evangelical churches, the teaching on the Eucharist stressed that it’s either for the purpose of remembering Jesus or for being repentant for our sins. But that’s missing the whole picture of the Eucharist. That’s why I was so glad yesterday, before the Communion, that my church’s pastor shared about a purpose of the Communion is to look forward to the future.

Actually, ever since I saw the show FlashForward, I started treating the Eucharist during Sunday worship services as a “vision” and as a “flash forward.” In our worship service, as we partake the Lord’s bread and cup together, I think right then and there the whole church is actually catching a glimpse of the future of being in the kingdom of God having this meal with God and with each other, and being there as a bride of Christ participating in the heavenly wedding feast.

If this “flash forward” is real to you, how do you think it should change your life now to fulfill this future?