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Communion Meditations (2018)

 

Revealed

Matthew 11:25-26

Originally scheduled for January 28

At that time Jesus said, "I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. "Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.

(Matthew 11:25-26)

 

Just to provide you with a little context, Jesus is commenting on the revelation he has just given the disciples of the day of judgment, concerning how various cities will be treated. It is curious that this type of knowledge is described as something hidden from the wise and revealed to infants. The fact is, however, you cannot truly know God by analysis — only by revelation. If he does not choose to reveal himself to you, no matter how much you search you cannot know him. So then: how does the Christian prepare himself to have God revealed?

·         It helps if you’re listening.

·         As we learned in the Sermon on the Mount, it is the pure in heart who see God.

·         Note that Christ begins his prayer with praise. It is the proper attitude of the human being towards God.

All these things add up to that virtue which we know as humility.

It is a paradox. We would expect the wise and knowledgeable to be the fountains of knowledge about God; he tells us that he explicitly withholds that from them. This is so that they will know that He is searching them out and found them, not the other way around. Instead, he makes his wisdom known to little children and the infants — in spirit. This conforms nicely with the title he most cherishes: Father. What father would not share with his children? In so doing this glorifies God; it points us to our heavenly Father. By doing this, he reveals himself to the largest possible number of people. Not many of us have a PhD; most of us have ears to hear and eyes to see.

A primary example of this is communion, as it is rooted in the Cross. Paul tells us that the cross is foolishness to the wise. So it is that communion is indeed a very simple thing. The elements that we partake in are representative of his body and blood. It is a simple picture. It carries a simple message: “for God so loved the world…” His atonement is our salvation. And in all of this he makes one simple request: that when you do this, you do it in remembrance of Him. It is not the stuff of brilliant worldly wisdom; it is the essence of divine love.

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