Jesus promised: “I will come to you” and then the secret of secrets: “I will love you and disclose myself to you.” Disclose means to reveal. We know him by revelation. The Lover makes it clear that we will know him by his revealing himself to us. It is not that ‘we get a revelation’ but he said he would reveal himself to us.
There is no possible human way to have this revelation by study, academics, hard work, or personal deprivation, strong will or good intentions. It is by him revealing himself to us. This leaves us to posture ourselves for receiving this revelation and knowing full well that his love will exceed our understanding and at this point of human brokenness and trust we have the humility he has waited for as the environment of ‘knowing him.’ It requires faith, but it requires desire first. Faith is shaped by our desire.
If he came to us as lightning, we would be afraid. If he came to us as strong wind, we would run for cover and seek shelter. If he came as thunder, we would run and hide. If he came as rushing water, we would surely drown. He chose to come as bread and wine. These represent humility, hunger, thirst, peace, fellowship, giving, close relationship and presence. By knowing him as bread and wine we can fully risk ourselves to him. In this risk of faith, trial and trust we grasp for understanding, we break bread and eat it and take our wine and drink it and know in the grandeur of this simplicity that he loves us.
This is quiet, safe, uncovered and uncomplicated and we are not inclined to run, hide and be fearful, but we are drawn and brought close. The revelation begins in our eating and drinking and continues in our submission and celebration. Worship starts to set in on the lovers who have met to know each other.
“Take, eat, this is my body.” Jesus