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Communion 2010

Ambulance Ride

Originally scheduled for August 8

Imagine yourself alone in a hotel room, in a city in which you know no one, and you’re suffering from chest pain. A lot of chest pain.

·        First there’s the denial. Take an antacid, maybe it will go away. You know better, but you don’t want it to be heart trouble. That’s serious. But maybe the pain will go away.

·        It doesn’t go away. It gets worse. You have to make a decision: risk your life, or put up with the inconvenience of a hospital trip. Maybe you could just drive?

·        Finally, you call the hotel clerk – somebody has to tell the paramedics where your room is. The hotel staff responds; in the distance you hear sirens and know that this time the sirens are for you.

They place you in the ambulance. You quickly note that everyone – except the hotel clerk, who is not a medical professional – is very reassuring. Everything will be fine. Which, of course, is the best indicator that things are very serious. You spend the next few minutes staring up at the roof of the ambulance, thinking, “Why don’t they put a sun roof in these things? I’m supposed to be able to see where I’m going.” You arrive at the hospital and enter the air of medicine: people and paraphernalia that are unique to the world of the hospital.

Up until now you’ve had activity to occupy your mind. Now, you wait. You’d really like to be bored waiting, thinking that meant it’s not really serious. But the doctor is prompt; matters are severe; a surgical suite is prepared for you.

Sin is rather like that. We don’t want to admit it; we’ll try our own remedy for a while. Things get worse until you finally appeal for help. The help comes in the form of people who don’t want to alarm you, of course, but … it is serious. It’s not a matter of life and death – it’s more serious than that. It’s heaven and hell. So your friends carry you to the one person who can help; the Great Physician who alone holds the keys to heaven and hell.

He has done what needs to be done; it simply needs to be applied to you. He is the one who made the sacrifice at Calvary which atones for your sin. Communion is the reminder of that fact. It is also the continuing treatment of sin. Therefore, examine yourself. Do not stay in denial; seek help. You may not see where you are going with this, but Christ does. Enter into fellowship with Christ and receive his healing. Remember how serious you discovered sin to be; remember how great a salvation you received.

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