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Communion Meditations (2018)



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 “someday.”

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.

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