Originally scheduled for October 3
One of the aspects of growing more mature is that you begin to see
things in stories that resemble some sort of lesson. Stories are
used to teach us about many things. A good story has a beginning, in
which we introduce the main characters and the main problem. It has
a middle in which that problem is dealt with. Then it has an ending
which, we hope, says “and they lived happily ever after.”
The Bible is organized somewhat like this. It has a beginning in the
Old Testament. The main character is God, who is introduced on page
1. A couple pages later we are introduced to the main problem: sin.
We are also introduced to a parade of characters who struggle with
the main problem. This includes the prophets, like Moses and Elijah,
priests, and kings like David. When we get to the end of the
beginning we know what the central problem of mankind is: we are
sinners. From what we know in the Old Testament we can treat the
problem, but not cure it.
The middle in the story is found in the New Testament. God, the
central character in the beginning, becomes a man like us — Jesus,
the Christ. He is the one who actually deals with the main problem,
bringing it to solution. He gives us great teaching, but his main
purpose is the atonement. By this he pays for our sins, giving us
the cure for the problem. He leaves with us the Holy Spirit so that
we can continue with the solution.
The ending? It hasn’t been written yet, only hinted at in the
prophetic writings. We know that involves the return of the King of
Kings. He will return, and the great day of judgment will happen.
After that? There are a lot of theories, but we can say that the
final answer is that all of his children live happily ever after.
Communion reminds us of this great story. It reflects God’s
character to us, showing his great love and mercy in parallel with
his righteousness. Sin had to be paid for with an acceptable
sacrifice; in his love he provided it; in his righteousness he
accepted it. Communion brings to our mind the atonement of Christ;
his body represented in the bread, his blood in the cup. So it is
that we have our salvation symbolized to us. But remember that
communion is to be taken until He returns. Thus communion is also a
symbol to us of our ultimate destination: heaven, also known as
“happily ever after.” As you partake, think on these things and
reflect upon what God has done for you.