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Communion Meditations (2021)

 

Tools and Times

Originally scheduled for October 31

As you get older, there is a subtle change that takes place in the way you view things. You are much more likely to reach for your glasses when you’re older. It brings to mind the two requirements for serious observation:

·        You have to be in the right place at the right time. If you want to watch your children play high school football, you have to be in the bleachers.

·        You have to have the right tools. If the bleachers contain a lot of people you might want to bring along a pair of binoculars.

This applies to scientific observation as well. If you want to study the stars you going to need a telescope. You probably want to do it at night, too. Similarly, if you want to look at bacteria, you’ll need a microscope — and an appropriate collection of pond scum.

But what if you want to see God? What’s the right place for doing that? I submit to you that communion is a very excellent place to start. For our Lord himself said:

While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is My body." 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 26:26-28 NASB)

 

Taken literally, this poses some problems for us. However, our Lord also told us what the right instrument for seeing God might happen to be:

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

(Matthew 5:8 NASB)

 

So then, the right tool is the pure heart and the right place is communion. Communion is something you have before you; how do you get the pure heart? We are given this instruction as well:

But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

(1 Corinthians 11:28 NASB)

 

How do you do this? The process of self-examination begins with honesty towards yourself. Examine yourself for errors and omissions, faults and bad habits. Then, repent. Resolve to follow through on your repentance after you leave the building this morning. Do this with a sincere heart. Then partake.

As you do, the bread becomes the body of Christ, on the cross for you for your forgiveness. The cup becomes his blood, shed for the remission of sin. Examine these things with the heart purified and the mind seeking for the one true God. Open the eyes of your heart, and see.

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