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Communion Meditations (2017)

First Fruits

Proverbs 3:9-10

Originally scheduled for October 29

One of those principles in the Old Testament which puzzles some Christians is the principle of “first fruits.” We might note the following:

·         First fruits must be unblemished — perfect.

·         First fruits belong to God — and they go to the priests. The priests are uniquely the ones who are totally dependent on God for their living.

·         First fruits are a test of faith. Just when you are the most hungry after the winter, you give away the first stuff to God — and worry about a hailstorm ruining the rest.

All this would be old and interesting stuff were it not for the statement that Christ is the first fruit of the resurrection of the dead. Do you see it?

·         Christ is the only unblemished sacrifice fitting for our sins.

·         It’s a sacrifice that is made to God — but is effective for us.

·         The blessing of that sacrifice goes to the “royal priesthood” — those believers who are totally dependent upon God. Give us this day our daily bread.

·         It’s also a test of faith; our resurrection hasn’t arrived yet.

Communion is a reminder of the sacrifice of Christ. The first fruits of the resurrection were presented on Easter Sunday morning. We are next. Communion is a reminder of that promise; when you take the cup and the bread you do so “until he comes again.” His return heralds our resurrection; communion is the reminder of the promise he made.

Meanwhile, we are to live that “totally dependent” life. We are to acknowledge him as the source of our every blessing and comfort. If you’re still in the mode of doing it yourself, depending upon your own intelligence and efforts without acknowledging God, may I suggest that you need to examine your self in the light of the Scriptures. You are his child; you need to act like it. Time for self-examination is provided so that you might take advantage of his forgiveness by your repentance. Examine yourself, then take the cup as a reminder of his blood and the bread as a symbol of his body — until he comes again.

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