Originally scheduled for January 26
"It shall be on Aaron's forehead, and Aaron shall take away the
iniquity of the holy things which the sons of Israel consecrate,
with regard to all their holy gifts; and it shall always be on his
forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.
(Exodus 28:38 NASB)
Some of us have a problem with communion.
Actually, we all do — it’s just that some of us have not thought of
it. You would most commonly hear this problem expressed by an
argument that said, “I’m not good enough to take communion.” The
argument is that you have to get to a certain level of holiness
before God is going to allow you to participate. Some of you have
never had this problem, and never will. Please, those of you who
fall in that category, be assured that there are those who do. It
springs from their desire to be pleasing to God.
The ancient Israelites had exactly the same
problem. Before they could present offerings and sacrifices to the
Lord God Almighty, those sacrifices had to be strictly acceptable
under the Levitical law. If you want an idea of the difficulty, try
obeying every traffic law in your state all the time for 20 years.
Eventually some obscure little regulation is going to trip you up.
You just aren’t smart enough and detailed enough to make this work.
The Israelites had the same problem; the Levitical law had lots of
To get past this, God prescribed a portion of
the High Priest’s uniform. It was a medallion on the turban which
was inscribed with the words, “Holiness to the Lord.” Only the high
priest wore it; everyone but him could see it. It expressed the
highest aim in worship. But please note that little phrase: “that
they may be accepted.” This means that if there is any defect in
their sacrifices which everybody missed, the responsibility lies
with the High Priest. This is one reason he makes sacrifices for
himself personally. In other words, even though you tried to get it
right and missed, the High Priest covers the difference. He was to
where this little plate of gold all the time — symbolizing that you
could offer sacrifices for forgiveness at any time and have them
The importance to us, as Christians, is that
Jesus is our High Priest. We are not intrinsically holy; our
perfection is too limited. If our participation is to be acceptable,
somebody has to cover that lack of worthiness in our hearts. That
“someone” is our High Priest, Jesus Christ. He does for us what
Aaron did for the ancient Israelites. So — you are exactly correct:
you are not worthy to take communion. Don’t worry about it; our High
Priest, Jesus Christ takes care of it for us. Do your best, and
trust Christ for the rest.