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Communion Meditations (2022)



Originally scheduled for March 13

Most of us have an attitude problem — with our attitude. Whatever our attitude might be, we believe it to be justified to the point that we don’t even think about it. Christ sets us a different example.


Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

(Philippians 2:5-8 NASB)


Equality with God the Father was something available to Christ; but note the attitude. Available, but not something you should reach out for and grab with both hands. We see this in his life:

·         Christ “emptied himself.” The word in the original Greek is the same one used empty a wastebasket fully and completely. He divested himself of all honors and titles so that he might come and be Savior to us.

·         He humbled himself. Most of us think of humbling is something somebody else does to us — or we do to somebody else. Perhaps we can think of it this way: when your four-year-old granddaughter invites you to tea at her dollhouse, how can you refuse? Perhaps we are the ones he sees like you see your granddaughter.

·         He was obedient to his Father’s will even to the point of dying on the cross. He said “Thy will be done.”

All in all, a different attitude than many of us have. What can we do to imitate his attitude in our own lives?

·         Do we set aside our pride for the sake of other Christians?

·         Are we willing to humble ourselves for the sake of the gospel? If someone asked you to join a prison ministry team, would you consider it somebody else’s problem?

·         Then there is the simple matter of obedience: do you follow the teaching that Christ has given you? Do you listen to his message and obey?

You are about to take the body and blood of Jesus Christ. In all of his teaching Christ established exactly one ritual that was to be repeated frequently — communion. It is the message he wants to deliver over and over again so that you will not forget what he did for you. His sacrifice on the cross shows his humility; it shows his obedience and his willingness to sacrifice. Most of all it shows his love for us.

So, as you partake, remember that you are taking the body and the blood of Christ in the form of the bread and the cup., Remember what He has done for you.

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