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Communion Meditations (2016)


Originally scheduled for February 21

Isaiah 44:22 NIV  I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you."


You will note that the Lord, speaking here to Judah, seems to divide their problems into two categories: offenses and sins. It’s an interesting distinction.

·         Offenses, taken in the original Hebrew, cover such thing as treacherous conduct, rebellion and disobedience. Those things in your life where you tell Him it doesn’t matter what he says; you’re going to do what you want to do anyway.

·         Sins, on the other hand, are those things in which we failed to hit the mark. Have you ever walked away from a social situation telling yourself, “I should’ve been more kind. I should’ve been more understanding.” We knew the right thing to do; we just didn’t have the courage or the insight to do it correctly.

Our problem is described with the use of nouns; its solution is described in verbs.

·         You will note that he says, “I have swept…” — Note the past tense. It’s already been done. All you need to do is claim the result.

·         “Swept away” is sometimes translated “blotted out.” You get the picture of some sticky gray fog surrounding you early in the morning — and then the sun comes up, and the breeze picks up and the clouds are gone. It’s just that quick.

·         So what is it that the Lord wants us to do? He wants us to return to Him. If you’re going the wrong way, he wants you to turn around and go the right way. So why should we do that?

·         The answer is simple: because he has redeemed us (note the past tense again.) That word redeemed is the same root word that occurs in the phrase “kinsman redeemer.” It’s not an impersonal transaction; it was done by a friend of ours. We repent because he has already redeemed us.

In the Lord’s Supper we see the symbols of that redemption. Christ, our kinsman redeemer, one who is a human being just like us, has paid the price of our redemption. What he asks you to do in this ceremony is to remember that fact. Remember that he sacrificed for you, before you were born. Then, as you leave this place, remember what you should be doing for him. The cup and the bread are symbols of his sacrifice; but they are also spurs to the repentant life.

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