Originally scheduled for January 12
The names of our months, like those of the days
of the week, are sometimes named after ancient gods.
Wednesday, for example, was named for the Norse god Wotan;
Thursday was named for Thor.
March was named for Mars, the Roman god of war. January is
named for Janus, the Roman god of transitions, doorways and gates.
He is traditionally represented by a figure of two heads,
looking in opposite directions.
One head was held to look backwards, the other forwards.
It’s a useful ability to be able to
simultaneously learn from where you have been and still look forward
to the future.
Contemplating the future sometimes comes with anxiety; knowing where
you’ve been and how you managed to get there can help with that.
Looking at the past sometimes produces a feeling of hopeless
regret; the future may
solve that. You may get
a chance to fix some of the problems of the past.
Communion also looks both ways:
(1 Cor 11:26 NIV) For whenever you eat this
bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he
Communion looks back to the death of Christ.
By taking communion, you are accepting to yourself his death
as the atonement for your sins.
You are saying, in unmistakable symbols and ritual, that
Christ died for you, your sins are therefore forgiven – and you are
now a child of God. You
are not saying that you are perfect (let a man examine himself) but
that you are forgiven.
You are also
proclaiming his death.
This tells us two things:
first, it is Christ’s accomplishment, not our own.
We are saved by grace, not cooperation.
Second, you proclaim it – you announce it to the world. If
someone asks you why you do it, you should be able to explain it.
If they don’t, you should tell them anyway.
It’s called evangelism.
You do this “until he comes.”
That implies you believe in the return of Christ, as he
prophesied. He is coming
back, and that has at least two major implications:
First, there will be a time of
judgment. Justice is
coming, both as punishment and as reward for those who have done
what is right.
Second, in some way not understood,
there will be a new heaven and earth.
The curse of sin will be lifted; death will cease and a new
order of things will come.
In short, we know the ending of the story – God
wins. And we believe it!