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Communion Meditations (2021)

 

Blood of the Lamb

Originally scheduled for July 25

I said to him, "My lord, you know." And he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

(Revelation 7:14 NASB)

 

Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless?
Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

This chorus was at one time a very familiar one to most Christians in the English-speaking church. It was not alone in referencing the idea being washed in the blood; there were other well-known hymns as well.

·        Nothing but the blood of Jesus

·        Power in the Blood

·        Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed

·        The Old Rugged Cross

These, and hundreds of other hymns were commonplace to Christians of the time. You seldom hear the phrase, “the blood of theLamb,” today. I leave it to the listener to speculate why; we simply bring it to mind here because it’s important.

The hymns of the 19th century provided for the average Christian a sure method of memorizing the doctrine of his church. It was not uncommon for the layman in the church of that time to have a sixth grade education or less; hymns were a convenient form of memorizing the truths of the gospel. They also provided a connection to the profound emotions experienced in salvation.

 

There are certain things we can easily pick up from this verse.

·        First, there is the emphasis on blood. We are to remember that Christ died in a bloodbath way, with extreme pain. Salvation is not without price; God paid that price in the form of his son.

·        Next, we find the word “Lamb.” It reminds us of the Passover lamb and the characteristics of Christ. He was pure; he was innocent. He did not get what he deserved. He got what we deserve.

·        Finally, as the Scripture tells us, the Christian life comes with tribulation. If they crucified Him, what will they not do to us?

 

Communion is a memorial to the death of Christ. We are often cautioned to remember the body and blood represented here; the body, by the bread and the blood, by the cup. Most of us are familiar with this. But consider also that the very fact that this crucifixion happened means that we are sinners, in need of a Savior. If we were pure and innocent, no such sacrifice would be necessary. But we are not.

All this calls for our gratitude, and our praise. Honor your Savior this morning by taking his communion meal in a worthy manner.

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