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Communion Meditations (2020)

 

Mighty to Save

Originally scheduled for February 2

Who is this who comes from Edom, With garments of glowing colors from Bozrah, This One who is majestic in His apparel, Marching in the greatness of His strength? "It is I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save."

(Isaiah 63:1 NASB)

 

In an eerie foreshadowing of the book of Revelation, Isaiah sees here in prophetic vision the coming of the Day of the Lord. It is a day of vengeance and punishment. He sees the Christ, as John did in Revelation, coming as if from battle. It is beyond the scope of a communion meditation to interpret chapter 63 of Isaiah. Indeed, the various commentators disagree quite a bit about how to do so. But I would bring your attention to the last sentence in the first verse. “It is I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.” These are red letter words.

He is mighty to save. Speaking just of those things which happen to a person who is already a Christian, this is quite clear.

·         He is mighty to save, to keep his people holy. If you are beset by sin, have you appealed to him and his gracious mercy delivered in his magnificent power?

·         He is mighty to save, to cause his people to grow in love and in righteousness. These are tender plants and must be watched over. A gardener knows that some plants must be kept out of the weather, at least at first. Your Lord knows this about your love and righteousness and will save them from being extinguished.

·         He is mighty to save, to produce great works from the least of his people. Over and again, Christ uses the least, the sinful, to do the great things of the church. Moses had murdered a man and complained of being unable to speak in public.

This is the Christ who speaks in righteousness. Power alone, without righteousness, is destruction. He speaks to us today through this communion.

·         He speaks righteousness by way of example: he is the Suffering Servant. If he was willing to endure the cross to bring righteousness to his children, surely his children should be willing to follow his example. Communion reminds us of this.

·         He speaks righteousness through his confidence in the resurrection. Despite the suffering of the cross, he knew that God the Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit, would raise him from the grave. We too should have such confidence, and live in the power of the resurrection. Communion reminds us of this.

·         He speaks righteousness by this great example of God’s love. God loved us so much that he gave his only Son. Believe in him, and be a child of God. Communion reminds us of this.

Communion reminds us not only of the power of Christ, but also the righteousness of Christ. If you stay in his care, he is mighty to save. If you will listen to his words you will hear him speak in righteousness. You can see both in communion.

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