Originally scheduled for August 25
ever considered just how great, powerful and mighty the typical
Christian is? Consider the following:
typical Christian, are
commanded to approach boldly the throne of grace. The ruler of
the universe has found it necessary to order you to come to his
throne to seek his favor and his grace.
also proclaimed to be an ambassador of reconciliation, an ambassador
of Christ. You are the official representative of the kingdom of
should anyone ask why such honor has been bestowed on you, you might
simply answer that you are a child of God, a joint heir of Christ.
note that these honors and titles are conferred upon us; they are
not something we have earned. They are given with the injunction to
humility. Indeed, Paul tells us that we have these treasures in
vessels of clay so that those around us will not mistake the
ambassador for the King. Humility is still required.
someone who regularly eats at God’s table. And what a table it is!
established by the divine authority of Christ, who told us that all
authority in heaven and on earth was given to him. By that
authority, we are commanded to partake.
table was established not just by authority but by paying the price.
Indeed the greatest price possible was paid for this, the life of
the Suffering Servant. You eat what his death made possible.
meal is of surpassing importance to the Christian, though we may not
understand how this works. We are told that we are here to partake
of the body and blood of Christ, thus joining us to him as tightly
Therefore, may I implore you to take communion seriously? It is not
“just a ritual.” It is not something that we do in blind obedience,
not caring what it really means. Rather we know quite well that it
means the body and blood of Christ. We are commanded therefore to
take this meal with self-examination. That examination should lead
to repentance, and a closer walk with God. When you have finished,
you go forth from this place as one who has the power to intercede
with Almighty God for those around you. You go forth as his
ambassador of reconciliation; indeed you go forth as his child.
Remember these things as you partake today.