Originally scheduled for June 24
It is sometimes difficult for the modern
Christian to feel the same impact of Christ’s words that his
original hearers did. Occasionally this depends upon what people
believed were the scientific facts of life at the time. For example,
water, fire, wind and earth were considered the four “elements.” The
first three of those are also used as metaphors for the Holy Spirit.
Those three have something in common:
As anyone in Southern California can
tell you, a brushfire can spread very quickly. People in the Midwest
know that water will do the same thing, once it overflows the
levees. And if you’ve ever been through a tornado or a hurricane you
see something of the same effect.
All of them involve the destruction
of things. Christians usually don’t think this is a good idea — but
remember how often Christ told his followers that the things they
had could get between Him and them. Remember the rich young ruler?
But all of them can also be harnessed
to useful purpose. In particular, in our day, they can be used to
That makes them pretty good metaphors for the
Holy Spirit. We cannot take the time here in such a short communion
meditation to completely explain the Holy Spirit. We can, however,
mention three things that are functions of the Holy Spirit working
The primary function of the Holy
Spirit in the world is to convict the world of sin and judgment
to come. This also applies to Christians; it is a rare Christian
who is never in need of repentance.
Christians, one of the major impacts the Holy Spirit has is to
produce the “fruit of the Spirit.” These things are love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,
Finally, it is by the power of the
Holy Spirit that Christians will be resurrected from the dead.
The Holy Spirit is within every Christian, but
most particularly when two or more gather in the name of Christ.
That means that, right now, the Holy Spirit is present in this room
to do his work. So if you feel the Spirit encouraging you to examine
your self in self judgment, do so and render judgment upon yourself.
Follow that with repentance so that the spirit may bring you grace,
the forgiveness of God. May you then accept the grace of God,
knowing that you have been redeemed and forgiven.
In communion we see portrayed the grace of God.
We are to see within communion the Cross, with Christ’s body and
blood given for us. When we partake, we do so together as is fitting
for a people who are in communion with each other. We are unified in
communion. Therefore, as you take communion today, do so as one who
is filled with the Holy Spirit, being repentant and seeking
forgiveness so that we will be one, just as the Father and the Son