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)
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
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
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.