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Communion Meditations (2022)



Originally scheduled for July 3

One of the more annoying medical procedures is to be tested for a series of allergies. In some cases, allergies can be a cause of death; therefore, care and precaution are required in preparing an allergy test.
            First, the allergist prepares a series of small samples to be used to determine if you are allergic to the particular item in question. Note the word “small.” The intention is to find out if you’re allergic to the substance, not to see if we can kill you with it.
            Second, that small sample is injected just under the skin or in any other appropriate location. Locations are carefully marked so that if you’re testing many samples you know which ones produce the reaction. The idea is that the samples just big enough to produce the reaction without producing any harmful effects.
            Finally, of course, the results are observed after a suitable waiting.. It may be as helpful to know your non-allergies as well as your allergies.
There is a similar test for Christians:
And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.
(John 3:19-20 ESV)
The Christian allergy test follows a similar procedure. There is a small reminder in the form of communion. It is applied rather formally and solemnly, as is appropriate. You may then observe the results. Did you examine yourself, or simply go through the motions of a common ritual?
Communion is a time for self-examination it is a reminder that the Light of the World has come and has been displayed to us quite clearly. Consider, too, the price that was paid for that display — the Cross.
Communion is also a reminder that you need to Savior. If we were not sinners, he would not have needed to make such a sacrifice on the Cross. It is not open to question whether or not we are all sinners. The question is, “what am I going to do about it?” The answer is best determined by your response to the Light. Do you move towards that Light, or away from it? Strange as it may sound, you have a choice as to whether or not you are allergic to the Light.

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