Originally scheduled for December 30
“It is a
nuisenza to have influenza” – Franklin Roosevelt, in a message
to Winston Churchill.
As winter approaches, it is not uncommon for
medical organizations to offer flu shots to their members at no
expense. As the medical profession is not noted for doing things
which produce no money, we can assume there is a good reason that
they would do this — it must save them money. And, it does. People
who get flu shots tend not to get the flu — and therefore don't need
to be treated for it.
There also must be some benefit in it for the
patient. We get those flu shots because we believe they are going to
prevent us from getting the flu. That saves us time and misery. The
method is rather simple: the vaccine causes your body to create
antibodies which fight the flu. The vaccine is close enough to the
flu to do this, but does not actually give you the flu.
An ounce of prevention is said to be worth a
pound of cure. That's what this vaccine does in a biological sense.
Communion works somewhat the same way in the spiritual sense. If you
are a faithful participant in communion on a regular basis you are
much more likely to live a life that is in accord with the Holy
Spirit. This helps prevent the problems of the spirit — namely, sin.
How does this work?
But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment.
(1 Corinthians 11:31)
That's how. By examining ourselves at communion
we correct spiritual problems at their early stages, before they can
have disastrous effects.
Communion is a form of renewal. The body,
represented by the bread, connects us with the atonement of Christ.
Our forgiveness depends upon his atonement. The blood of Christ
represents the cleansing of sin in our forgiveness. You will recall
in the Old Testament that sanctification was done by blood.
Together, the body and the blood as symbolized in communion
reconnect us with our Lord. We not only recall his sacrifice; we
accept it for the forgiveness of our sins and depend upon it for our
spiritual life. It is the restoration of the relationship of
So how should a Christian approach communion?
With honesty. Examine yourself today; see if there is anything in
you that needs repentance. Bring it before the Lord, asking his
forgiveness. Partake, and then go forward in repentance.