Originally scheduled for November 19
Many a grandparent can tell you the pain of walking barefoot over a
floor which contains Legos. They never seem to get put back in the
box, but the kids just love to play with them. Man is a creating
creature, and our little ones share that.
the things the children like the build from Legos is a bridge. They
quickly find out that stringing Legos together is not something that
will stay together in a bridge. You have to have some support for
it. So, like their adult engineering friends, they build a tower on
each side and put the collection of Legos that make the bridge so
that they are inside those towers to start with. Two towers and one
platform make one bridge.
suggest to you that communion can be viewed as a bridge between God
and man. We need two towers and a platform between. The tower that
is closest to mankind, I suggest, is that which is symbolized by the
bread of communion. Bread is a very common element, but it
significance in this case comes from Christ telling us that “this is
my body.” The earthly side of our bridge is the side which has
bodies on it. Bread anchors the bridge on the earthly side.
on the other hand belongs on the heavenly side. We know that Christ
told us that his blood established the new covenant. What is a
covenant? A covenant is something that God creates as his
relationship with mankind. It is not a contract; it is not
negotiable. Therefore, based on this idea of covenant, we can say
that the cup stands for the heavenly side. Indeed, in the Old
Testament the Jews were taught that life is in the blood of the
sacrifice — and this bridge leads to eternal life.
platform in between can only be Jesus himself. He is the only one
who touches both sides; the only one who is at home on this planet
and in heaven. Note, please, that he is the only platform; as he
said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the
Father except by me.” Jesus is not one of many ways to heaven; he is
the only way. So our bridge is complete; bread for the earthly side,
the cup for the heavenly side and Jesus the only way in between.
you partake this morning, do so in the full recognition that you are
claiming the blood and body of Jesus Christ as your bridge to
heaven. The reason his grace is extended to you is the blood of
Christ shed on the cross. This is serious, and we should take it in
a serious way. Examine yourself and see if you are entirely what
Christ wants you to be. If not, ask forgiveness and proclaim your
repentance — and then take, and eat.