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Communion Meditations (2022)



Originally scheduled for September 4

The surgery was considered routine. His wife had broken her ankle and was due for surgery to reconstructed which should have taken about an hour and a half. It was considered a routine surgery, and she would be going home the same day. That was the expectation.
At about two hours into the surgery, anxiety began to rise in her husband’s heart. This was running a little bit long. An hour later she was still in surgery and no one at the reception desk had any idea why or how long this was going to take. All kinds of horrible things entered into her husband’s head as to what might have gone wrong. Finally, after four hours, the surgeon came out to talk to him.
He explained that he encountered an unforeseen complication. It is not a common thing. He pointed out the additional work that had been done to stabilize the ankle. As you can imagine this conversation was a great relief to the husband. It illustrates for us though the natural human tendency towards anxiety and worry, especially when you don’t have a good idea of what’s going on.
Life is like that sometimes. You start out with a bit of uncertainty about what’s going to happen. If you don’t get the right information, or get no information at all, uncertainty gives way to anxiety. If the problem is significant enough and the anxiety high enough, worry takes over. Now, if this is true for surgery, how much more true is it the question of hell or heaven? It is, in a sense, the ultimate personal question. And it’s easy enough to go from uncertainty to anxiety to worry.
God understands this; after all, he created human beings. He also knows the answer to your anxiety. And he has left you a little reminder of that answer: it’s called communion.
“Do this in remembrance of me,” said Christ what is it that he wants you to remember?
            He wants you to remember the price he paid for your salvation. This of course implies that you have accepted your salvation from him. Remember that.
            He wants you to remember that he has victory over death, the firstfruits of the resurrection. He is the one who holds the keys to heaven and hell and death.
            He wants you to remember the judgment to come. God is righteous; there is a day of reckoning ahead. Forgive, so that you might be forgiven.
            He wants you to remember that there is a new heaven and a new earth coming. This world is not our home, we are just passing through.      
            He wants you to remember that you will spend eternity with him. You will reign with him and enjoy him forever.
Worrying about heaven and hell can produce a lot of anxiety. That’s why he gave you such a frequent reminder. When you take the bread, you remember that his body suffered for you. When you take the cup, you remember that his blood was shed so that you might be redeemed. Therefore, examine yourself and partake in a worthy manner.

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