Originally scheduled for November 18
The story is well known in the physics
community, though there seems to be a lack of direct evidence to
confirm it. The legend goes like this: in the 1930s, scientists at
the University of Chicago were the first to split the atom and
produce a confirmed, energy producing nuclear reaction. They put out
a press release to this effect. One of the Chicago papers sent a
journalist and a photographer over to the University to get the
story in more detail. The journalist began by asking a few probing
questions; this, however, left the photographer in the dark as to
what was going on. He got tired of this, and took over the session
by telling the scientists what they were going to do. “First, I need
a picture of you guys standing around the atom. Then I need a
picture of the atom being split, and after that a picture of you
guys standing around next to the pieces.” Anybody who’s been through
high school science classes knows this is not going to work. But
it’s worth asking how the physicists knew that they had split the
atom if the atom is so small they can’t see it. The answer simply is
that this nuclear reaction produced energy. They had a micro process
which produced macro results.
In a very similar way, communion changes people
and you can see the results in the person. How does this work?
Repentance. The Christian
comes before his Lord in communion, and should come with clean
hands. Often enough, this requires repentance.
causes the Christian to contemplate again the death, burial and
resurrection of Christ — and how he should respond to it.
specifically connected communion with his return; the Christian must
look forward to this.
Communion is a simple thing; the cup, the
bread. But if there is to be repentance, there must be
self-examination first. Therefore, Christian, examine yourself
carefully and see if there is any wickedness in you which needs to
be removed. Think of the sacrifice that he made for you on the
Cross; know again how much he loves you that he would die for you.
Know also that he is coming again to judge the living and the dead —
will you be ready? If you take these things seriously, you will
change. The rest of the world may wonder why, but they will notice.
Prepare yourself, then, for the body and blood of Christ.