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Communion Meditations (2018)

 

Walk in the Light

Originally scheduled for May 6

but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

(1 John 1:7 NASB)

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Communion expresses many things about God. But it also expresses something about us. We are in fellowship with one another. The Greek word for fellowship, koinonia, is used in another area of the Scriptures (First Corinthians 10:16) to describe the communion ceremony itself. Notice the use of the word “we.” Communion is not a solo expression, but it is something that is proclaimed in agreement with your Christian brothers and sisters. And what do we agree on?

·         The death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Christ.

·         The power of the atoning blood of Christ, effective for us. We are forgiven.

·         The imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ to the earth.

There is, however, a condition for this — an “IF.” We must walk in the light given to us by the Light of the World. Throughout most of the history of the church, this duty of every Christian has been described as, “the imitation of Christ.” More recently it has been described as, “What Would Jesus Do?” We are to do this, of course, with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.

This has an interesting effect. It’s not something you can do in the dark, but only in the light. Therefore, the world is going to see it. So it is said that they will know we are disciples by the way we love one another. The world tests the truth of our Christianity by the way they see us behave.

Beyond that, there is another aspect to this: God rewards those who earnestly seek him. As the psalmist put it:

How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance.

(Psalms 89:15 NASB)

 

The core of this matter is in forgiveness. In communion we acknowledge the presence of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we acknowledge the blood we therefore acknowledge that we needed that blood for our forgiveness; it cleanses us from all sin. (There is only one qualification you have to meet before you can become a Christian: you have to be a sinner first. Some of us — blows on fingernails, polishes them on shirt — are exceedingly well-qualified.) Therefore, in communion, let us proclaim together:

·         We are sinners, in need of salvation.

·         We are saved by the blood of Christ, and by nothing else. Grace alone prevails.

·         As a result, we walk in the light given to us by the Light of the World.

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