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Communion Meditations (2014)

Even On the Cross

Originally scheduled for April 20

If there was any moment in Jesus’ earthly life in which we could understand him as not caring for someone, it would be those hours on the Cross.  Crucifixion is a horribly painful way of death.  Most of us understand that when a person is in great pain, they tend to get a bit on the snappy side, at least.  So if they snarl a bit, we are usually quite forgiving.

But even on the Cross we see the care and love Christ has for others.

·         He cared for the church.  Many of the people who were jeering him that day would, seven weeks later, become charter members of the First Christian Church of Jerusalem.  He could have prevented this in anger, but instead he asked, “Father, forgive them…”

·         That forgiveness extended not only to those who would become his disciples but to those who would not – the Pharisees, the Roman soldiers and no doubt many standing around.

·         In one of the most touching moments of the Gospel, Jesus assigns the care of his mother Mary to his best friend, the Apostle John.  Jesus had brothers[1] who were not yet believers;  they would have been obliged to care for her.  But Jesus would not put his mother in the care of those who did not believe.  Rather, he assured her a warm welcome.

Communion reminds us of the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross; therefore it reminds us that even in the most trying of circumstances, Jesus cares for those He loves.  His love extends to those who are now his enemies, but one day might become the children of God.  It most especially extends to those whom Jesus loves – which is to say, us.

As you partake of communion today, think of the care of Christ in your life.

·         The cup is his blood, which is given for the forgiveness of your sins.  This is love in the highest form and greatest degree.

·         The bread in some ways symbolizes the sustaining of your strength, feeding you as you would feed your children.

Let both of these remind you of his care and comfort for you, for the greatest lover of your soul cares for you in the fullest measure of love.

[1] The point has nothing to do with whether or not Mary had any other biological children after Jesus (a great controversy between Protestants and Catholics.) There were other family members who would have been obliged to assume the responsibility.  The difference is care by cold duty versus care from a warm heart.. 

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