Originally scheduled for November 3
Christians, especially those who have grown up in the church, seldom
ask why they take communion. It’s just something that happens and
you participate. In fact, there are reasons for doing it and once in
a while we need to remind ourselves of just how important this is.
First and foremost, there is the matter of
obedience. Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper and commanded all his
disciples to participate. Not only is it a matter of obedience, but
in a very real sense it is a matter of sharing with Christ. Christ
did not tell the disciples “you do it.” Instead, he shared the meal
with them, setting an example for us. In a very real sense we share
that meal with him even yet today. In the same sense we share that
meal with the church universal — all Christians in all places and
all times are one with us; we are the church.
Maybe you have never thought of it this way,
but communion is a required form of humility. If you take communion
you are implicitly confessing that you are a sinner in need of
forgiveness. If you are perfect and completely sinless, there is no
sense for you in communion. Fortunately, this doesn’t seem to be a
danger for too many of us. If you are a sinner taking communion, you
begin by examining yourself. Done properly, this means you find out
what you need to change, and you make a determination to change it.
After the ceremony is over you need to implement that change — which
can get expensive. Expensive, but necessary.
Communion is also a form of your testimony.
There are at least three things to which you testify:
You testify that you believe the
Jesus is indeed the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
You also testify that you believe
that he forgives those who are repentant sinners who come to him.
You testify that he will return to
judge the living and the dead. We haven’t seen this yet; but He said
it and we believe it.
So as you take communion this morning, do it
with integrity. Mean what you are doing. Remember that you are
acting in obedience to his command, in humility as a testimony of
his forgiveness and soon return.