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Communion Meditations (2022)



Originally scheduled for June 5

If you did not look at the theological significance of Passover, one of the first things that would strike you about the passages about it is this: it has every characteristic of a set of instructions for people who were going on their first journey. They’ve never been there before; they’ve never done it before. Therefore, the rules are strict and to be followed to the letter. You don’t want them getting lost along the way.

We might also point out that it is clear that sacrifices must be made to accomplish this. Perhaps the most poignant example of this is the sacrificial lamb. The lamb was to be selected on the 10th day and kept with your family until the 14th day when it was to be slaughtered. Just enough time for the kids to grow fond of the lamb. Both the rules and the Lamb have striking familiarity to those who take communion. Passover is frequently cited as a forerunner to communion.


You can see this in the similarity of the elements. Bread and wine are specified, but not just any bread — unleavened bread. Strict instructions, right? You also see, of course, the Sacrificial Lamb — Jesus, the Christ. Without his sacrifice there is no communion.

Without his sacrifice there is also no forgiveness. The blood on the doorpost would cause the angel of death to pass over that particular house. Christ’s blood shed on the cross allows him to forgive us. There are many such similarities.


But there is one apparent difference. Moses understood from God, and related to the Jewish people, that this was a journey — and a journey has a destination. They were promised a specific piece of geography, described by the names of its current occupants. They were told that it was a land flowing with milk and honey. It is commonly referred to as “the Promised Land.” It took them 40 years to get there, with several missteps along the way. Missteps? Grumblings of mutiny! But get there they did.


So where’s the New Testament equivalent of that? The land of milk and honey was in accordance with the status of Moses, the lawgiver. The promised land of the New Testament promised land is in accordance with the stature of Christ, the Savior. It is described in Revelation, chapter 21.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away." And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." And He *said, "Write, for these words are faithful and true."

(Revelation 21:1-5 NASB)


Of course, this is symbolic language and probably doesn’t provide the description we would like. But what would you expect? The creator of heaven and earth, He who spoke in the world’s began, says he will make all things new — a new heaven, a new earth. What it will really look like I do not know, but the glory of God will be in it.

As you partake this morning, remember that you are on a journey. This world is not your home, you are just passing through. Keep your eye on the destination, the land of God’s glory.

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