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Communion Meditations (2018)

 

Your Son Lives

Originally scheduled for April 29

Many Christians will tell you that communion is a personal encounter with Jesus. They see it as a time and place where Jesus can talk to them. It is also a time and place in which we proclaim to the world what we believe.

·         We proclaim that we believe in Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

·         We proclaim that we believe that Jesus was crucified under Pontius Pilate, died and was buried in the tomb.

·         We believe that by the power of God he rose from the dead in bodily form.

·         We believe that Christianity is not a solo flight; we are in communion with the other saints around us.

·         We believe that Christ is coming to judge the living and the dead, with forgiveness for those who believe.

·         We believe In the resurrection of all mankind, some to eternal life and others to eternal condemnation.

But it is not sufficient for you to acknowledge all these things (and more; but these will do.) There are actions that you are obliged to take because you believe.

·         Actions such as obedience to his commands.

·         Actions such as forgiveness of others, so that we might be forgiven.

In short, it is not sufficient to believe alone. You have to act on it. Let us take a look at an example of this principle:

Therefore He came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a royal official whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and was imploring Him to come down and heal his son; for he was at the point of death. So Jesus said to him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe." The royal official *said to Him, "Sir, come down before my child dies." Jesus *said to him, "Go; your son lives." The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started off. As he was now going down, his slaves met him, saying that his son was living. So he inquired of them the hour when he began to get better. Then they said to him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him." So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said to him, "Your son lives"; and he himself believed and his whole household.

(John 4:46-53 NASB)

 

The royal official is an example of how this should be done. He showed faith in the fact that he went to Jesus — a two day trip. Jesus challenges him; after all, what does this official have to lose. But when Jesus complains the man returns to his original point; he wants Jesus to come with him to heal his son. Jesus replies in a rather unexpected way: he tells him to go, for his son lives.

The man passes the test. He is obedient to the command of Christ, and he goes. On the way back home he finds out that his son has been cured. He now has a belief that is confirmed by the facts. It is an example for us; our faith should be sufficiently strong that we will act and await the reply of God.

One of the best mentors C. S. Lewis ever had was George MacDonald. He expressed it this way:

"Instead of asking yourself whether you believe or not, ask yourself whether you have this day done one thing because he said 'Do it' or abstained because he said 'Do not do it'. It is simply absurd to say you believe . . . if you do not do anything he tells you." The extent to which we are willing to obey is a useful barometer for measuring the depth of our relationship with Christ.

Let’s look at some of the “DO’s”:

·         Do you tell others about Christ?

·         Do you pray, consistently, for others?

·         Do you visit those who are sick, or in prison?

And we have some “DON’Ts”:

·         What about adultery? Is it forbidden, or just a casual affair do you?

·         Do envy and greed drive your life?

·         What about pride? Does everyone around you know why your nose is in the air?

Mean what you say in communion; take action. Run your life the way Jesus would have you run it.

 

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