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Communion 2010

Self Evident

Originally scheduled for July 4

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal …” These words are prized by all free men, but most particularly by Americans. They come from the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. They reflect the fact that the great majority of those who signed that declaration were Christians. The concepts stated come from the center of Christianity.

“All men are created equal” – and every last one of them is a sinner. It’s the reason we have a balance of powers in our government. No man can be trusted absolutely. For that same reason Christ died for all – not a select few. There is no sense that Christ died only for “worthy sinners”. Indeed, the concept is not found in the Bible.

“All men are created equal” – and for that reason the Scripture tells us that “whosoever will” can be saved. Christ knows that we are incapable of our own salvation. By his great love the sacrifice of the Cross is provided to all. It is a measure of Christ’s love; it is also a measure of his justice. The equality of man is exemplified in the Cross.

“All men are created equal” – and all of us struggle with sin in our lives. We need a time to repent of our sins and accept once again the grace of our Lord and Savior. So it is that the Lord’s Supper is open to all who believe, not just a select few.

“All men are created equal” – and we often need to be reminded of that. For this reason Americans celebrate the 4th of July. It’s not just for the fireworks; it is to remember the heritage we have been given – and to be moved to keep that heritage intact. We remember the “rocket’s red glare” so that we will remember the sacrifices of brave men which gave us this freedom. So it is with the Lord’s Supper: it reminds us of the grace and mercy we have been given, and the price paid for that grace. In it we remember the one who paid that price in pain, suffering and death.

Consider, then, that you are no better than all the others gathered together; you are a sinner. Your hope is in Christ, who died for you. It is easy to remember the victory of the resurrection; we need to be reminded of the suffering which preceded it. Consider carefully, then, the ways of your life. Examine yourself; then remember the one who gave you freedom from the bondage of sin.

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