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Communion Meditations (2018)

 

Unity

Originally scheduled for November 25

 The problem is not one which is going to go away after a single communion meditation. The truth is the church has had a problem with unity for many hundreds, if not thousands of years. Our divisions are most evident.

·         We have divisions of politics. There are denominations in the United States which split over the American Civil War and have yet to reunite. There are other splits in the church that are nationalistic in character. It seems we have to have one little denomination for each little division in politics, established once and maintained forever.

·         We have divisions of social status. The author of this meditation does not know where your particular congregation might stand on this, but his congregation considers it disgraceful to visit those in prison, other than those imprisoned for their faith. Are Christians in prison part of the church?

·         There are any number of schisms in Christendom. We may content ourselves with identifying the three largest: Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox.

It seems we have a sufficient number of things to divide us. Against these we must place Christ’s prayer that we may all be one, as He and the Father are one.

How is it, then, that we can be one? The first answer comes in that we have one foundation — Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, by virtue of his atonement at Calvary. One Lord, one faith, one birth.

Beyond that, we also hold to one Scripture. The various denominations interpret it in various ways, but you will notice that anyone who considers himself a real Christian acknowledges the Bible as the source of knowledge concerning Christ. If you add to it or take away from it, you do so at your peril.

Our unity extends over all these things because God is one. One Lord, one God the Father and one Holy Spirit. This is what produces one body, the church. We have many members; each of those members has a different function. But those members are part of one body, and therefore are to unite in love for each other.

Communion is the symbol of the unity of the church. Paul tells us that we have one bread, which means therefore we have one body. We don’t separate Christians into wheat, rye, and sourdough. There is one body because there is one bread. There is also only one cup, which represents the blood of Christ, our Savior and Lord. You cannot take a bottle of grape juice or wine and put the good half in one communion tray and the bad half in the other. One body, one blood.

It seems so simple — and it is. Christ made it simple so that we might understand it clearly and be united. We are to be one as he and the Father are one. Therefore, if there is anything in your life which works against the unity of the body of Christ, I urge you to repent of it and make amends as quickly as you can. Let a man examine himself before communion, and change his ways thereafter.

 

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