Risk of Faith
Originally scheduled for July 22
An interesting scene presents itself in this
passage of Scripture. Jesus evidently feels it necessary to
challenge the man to see if he is looking for a “WOW” experience,
something he could tell his friends about or if he is an honest man
seeking his son’s healing. Picture it today as if the man had driven
up in a limousine. Someone jumps out of the front seat goes around
to the back and opens the door for him. Out steps a man in a $1000
suit who walks right up to this prophet and asks for his son’s
healing. Perhaps he himself doesn’t know what he’s asking for, but
there is one thing he does know: his son is dying.
His answer reflects that. He gets right to the
point and in so doing abandons all pretense of being a big shot. The
problem isn’t his rank; the problem is his son is dying. So Jesus
issues his second challenge to this man. Do you trust me, or don’t
you? If you do, then do as I tell you. Get back in the limousine and
go home; your son lives.
The man’s answer is in his action. Having known
this Jesus of Nazareth for all of 30 seconds, and given a command
that he might use to dismiss some peon from his presence, his action
is a stunning statement of faith. He believed; he got back into the
limousine and left. He started off immediately; no hesitation, no
asking for other instructions — just do what you’re told, when
you’re told, how you’re told.
The man was challenged where it would hurt. But
to his credit he rung true, and acted as the prophet had instructed.
He met the test.
Communion is a challenge to our faith as well.
In communion, Christ makes certain promises:
He promises that his death on the
cross is sufficient atonement for our sins, and effective for our
salvation. He died for us.
He promises his imminent return to
judge the living and the dead. That is reward for those who served
him and justice for those who did not.
He also promises us that the dead in
Christ will rise as he rose from the tomb.
In doing this he challenges you to be
single-minded — not someone who’s just hedging his bets in church.
He asks you to take action on it; publicly partake. Therefore,
examine yourself; be single-minded, take action — eat and drink.