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Communion Meditations (2018)

 

Elements

Originally scheduled for June 24

It is sometimes difficult for the modern Christian to feel the same impact of Christ’s words that his original hearers did. Occasionally this depends upon what people believed were the scientific facts of life at the time. For example, water, fire, wind and earth were considered the four “elements.” The first three of those are also used as metaphors for the Holy Spirit. Those three have something in common:

·         As anyone in Southern California can tell you, a brushfire can spread very quickly. People in the Midwest know that water will do the same thing, once it overflows the levees. And if you’ve ever been through a tornado or a hurricane you see something of the same effect.

·         All of them involve the destruction of things. Christians usually don’t think this is a good idea — but remember how often Christ told his followers that the things they had could get between Him and them. Remember the rich young ruler?

·         But all of them can also be harnessed to useful purpose. In particular, in our day, they can be used to generate electricity.

That makes them pretty good metaphors for the Holy Spirit. We cannot take the time here in such a short communion meditation to completely explain the Holy Spirit. We can, however, mention three things that are functions of the Holy Spirit working in power.

  • The primary function of the Holy Spirit in the world is to convict the world of sin and judgment to come. This also applies to Christians; it is a rare Christian who is never in need of repentance.     

  •  For Christians, one of the major impacts the Holy Spirit has is to produce the “fruit of the Spirit.” These things are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

  • Finally, it is by the power of the Holy Spirit that Christians will be resurrected from the dead.

The Holy Spirit is within every Christian, but most particularly when two or more gather in the name of Christ. That means that, right now, the Holy Spirit is present in this room to do his work. So if you feel the Spirit encouraging you to examine your self in self judgment, do so and render judgment upon yourself. Follow that with repentance so that the spirit may bring you grace, the forgiveness of God. May you then accept the grace of God, knowing that you have been redeemed and forgiven.

In communion we see portrayed the grace of God. We are to see within communion the Cross, with Christ’s body and blood given for us. When we partake, we do so together as is fitting for a people who are in communion with each other. We are unified in communion. Therefore, as you take communion today, do so as one who is filled with the Holy Spirit, being repentant and seeking forgiveness so that we will be one, just as the Father and the Son are one.

 

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