Originally scheduled for August 22
Human beings, when they have something important to say, tend to do
so using some sort of symbol. A flag is not just a rectangle of
cloth; it is the symbol of a nation. Your reaction to that flag is
not determined by what colors it uses, but by the nation it
One of the most common forms of symbolic communication arrives in
your life at your wedding ceremony. Wedding rings are a symbol of
your marriage, and as such perform the function of symbolic
communication. They tell everyone else around that you are married;
this should also tell them that you are “off-limits.” The wedding
rings also remind you of your spouse, and your commitment to him or
her. They are a sign of the covenant agreement you accepted at your
wedding. A marriage covenant is not the same as a prenuptial
contract. The marriage covenant is something God instituted and man
uses to set forward the right behavior of both partners in the
marriage. At the very least, looking at your wedding rings should
inspire a recommitment to marital faithfulness. It reminds you of
your obligations, and the benefits thereof.
The covenant is the important thing, but note that the covenant
being an extremely important one to us we have a symbolic way of
communicating it. Really important covenant agreements seem to have
a symbol attached to them. There are three examples in the Old
Noah had a covenant with God in which God promised not to destroy
the earth again. The sign of that covenant? The rainbow.
Abraham had a covenant with God which promised him that he would
become the father of many nations, and that through him all mankind
would be blessed. The sign of that covenant? Circumcision.
Moses accepted the covenant of God on the mountain, and carried the
symbol of that covenant back down to the people — the Ten
The New Testament has its covenant as well. Indeed, the word
“Testament” can also be translated “covenant.” The implementation of
the new covenant was done at the Lord’s Supper, on the night before
Christ was crucified. In implementing the Lord’s Supper, our Lord
And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them,
saying, "Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the
covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.
(Matthew 26:27-28 NASB)
Communion is a reminder. It is a reminder of
What Christ did on the cross for us.
What will happen when He returns.
How we should be obedient in the meanwhile.
So, as you partake this morning, remember these things. Contemplate
them well. Then partake in a worthy manner, renewing the covenant
with your Lord and Savior.