One of a Kind
Originally scheduled for January 17
In the 19th chapter of the book of
Leviticus, Moses reviews the Ten Commandments for the people of
Israel. To emphasize each of these commandments, he ends his little
lessons with the same phrase: “I am the Lord your God.” It seems
just like a place marker if you read it through quickly. But if you
pay some attention to it you will see it is an extremely important
“I AM.” It is the very name of God,
the self existent one. He is the one being who must exist, for the
the universe borrows the idea of existence from him. If He doesn’t
exist, nothing else does either.
“The Lord.” The one who rules over
this universe by right of creation. His Lordship over all things is
an essential part of his character. He cannot refuse to be Lord.
The giver of all good and gracious gifts, the God especially
associated with you. The God who proclaims you to be his child.
These things alone would be quite sufficient as
cause for us to worship him. But now consider what he did for us.
He entered into his own universe in
the form of a human being. He became completely man. The ruler of
all things became one of us. It would be like you becoming Daffy
In his adult life, he walked the
earth with a few disciples, being the example of all things
righteous and the teacher of all things good. He could have left it
to us to find out by experiment — but he is the way, the truth and
the life. He left nothing to chance.
His main purpose in coming was to
serve as our atonement. His primary purpose for becoming human is
summed up at his death, burial and resurrection — He is the
sacrifice which covers our sins.
Communion is a reminder of these things.
Considering the cosmic scale of what he has done and the importance
of his sacrifice for our eternal life, he has left us with a very
simple ritual to be performed to remind us of these things.
As you partake from the cup, you are
tasting his blood. As you eat the bread, you are tasting his body.
You do this to remember what he has done for you.
You also declare by taking this cup
that you anticipate his return to earth in glory and power. You also
declare that this is the beginning of the great judgment, where in
Christ will judge the living and the dead in accordance with what
they have done.
Finally, you proclaim by taking
communion that you believe that his kingdom will have no end — it
will last forever and ever, hallelujah!
It’s a very heavy load of meaning in a very
light meal. Treat it with reverence and dignity, making peace with
your Lord as you do.