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Communion Meditations (2018)

 

Influenza

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 fellowship.

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.

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