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Communion Meditations (2018)



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.

(Ephesians 5:23)


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 our Lord.

Be holy, for He is holy.

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