Originally scheduled for January 7
For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the
church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
It may seem unusual to begin a communion
meditation by posting this verse. There is a great deal of
controversy in the modern church about the relationship of husband
and wife. But we may also recognize that this verse contains some
information about the relationship of Christ and his church:
Christ is the head of the church.
This is parallel to the role the husband played in marriage in the
time of the early church. His authority over the church is
unquestioned — or should be.
The church is the body of Christ. We
say that a married couple are “one flesh”; the same applies to the
body of Christ. We are the visible, physical representation of Jesus
Christ on earth.
He is the Savior. It is a fact that
modern Christianity does not very much like the idea of having a
Lord, but we are quite content to have a Savior.
The Lordship of Christ is an undisputed fact;
if you do not accept it, you are not really a Christian. We might
then ask how Christ achieved this.
Primarily, Christ achieved this by
his sacrifice on the cross. Without the atonement, Christianity
makes little sense. It is by his sacrifice that the church proclaims
the love of God for all mankind.
His Lordship is also by right of
creation. It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that the church was
first brought into being on Pentecost. In short, he created the
church and it belongs to him.
If you will glance down to verse 26 you will
see the reason he did this: his purpose was to make the church holy.
We are to be holy as God is holy. This is accomplished by our
repentance and his forgiveness.
So it is that we come to the memorial of that
sacrifice. In the cup we find the blood of Christ; in the bread we
find his body. But would you please remember the purpose of that
sacrifice: to make the church holy. Thus it is that he asks us to
examine ourselves, so that we might properly repent and reestablish
love where it has been broken. We are to be holy, in imitation of
Be holy, for He is holy.