Originally scheduled for January 14
One of the common failings of human character
is that we are prone to say, “it’s not my fault.” When everyone is
searching for a solution, or should be, we hear all of the excuses
why it’s not my fault. See if any of these sound familiar to you:
It is not my fault — my parents
didn’t raise me right, I grew up in the wrong environment, the
directions were printed in Japanese, I can resist anything but
temptation, or my wife forgot to tell me not to do that.
Well, I may be a miserable human
being of the worst possible type, but at least I’m better than…
somebody. And if I’m
not better than he is, I can at least point the finger at him.
I think I have a loophole here. The
Scripture clearly states, in Second Hezekiah 3:16,…
You just don’t understand. Each of us
creates his own morality in his perception of the universe. It may
look wrong to you, but not to me.
This is connected closely with a lack of
repentance. The first step in repentance is that the Holy Spirit
convicts you of sin — that is to say, it is your fault. But that’s
just the first step. The second step is the Holy Spirit convicts you
of judgment to come — whether now, or at the Day of Judgment. For
those of us who are veteran procrastinators, this is most
inconvenient. It means we must do something now, instead of
Once convicted, there are two types of
repentance. There is repentance before your fellow man — do what you
can to make amends, tell them it’s your fault and ask their
forgiveness. There is also repentance before God. There is nothing
we, as mortal human beings, can do to make amends before God. God is
perfect and we are not. So it is that we were provided with a way to
repent before God and have it be effective.
Communion reminds us of that method. Making
amends often means making a sacrifice of some sort or another, and
communion reminds us of the atonement sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
This was not just a permission slip; the sacrifice of Christ was
very costly. The only perfect human being ever to walk this planet
voluntarily gave his life so that you and I might be forgiven.
The sacrifice on the Cross gave to us the
symbols we take in communion. The bread represents his body, broken
for us. The cup represents his blood, shed for us. We commemorate
the sacrifices of those who preserve our freedom, defend our country
or reach out and rescue those in peril. How much more then, should
we commemorate the sacrifice which makes us holy before God? So it
is that we are commanded to take communion in a “worthy manner.”
Remember, this represents your repentance. Perhaps you should now
contemplate what you should repent yourself, and plan the action to
do just that.