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Communion Meditations (2022)


Second Visit

Originally scheduled for September 18

Few things give rise to a more frightful anticipation that a visit to the oral surgeon to have a tooth removed. Sounds of tooth roots being cracked are quite memorable; as you can only hear what is going on the question sometimes occurs, “How did he get a backhoe in my mouth?” Of course, the surgeon is doing the best he can to make this as painless and un-frightful as possible. Unfortunately, the possibilities during a tooth extraction all seem to go the way of promoting fear and terror.

Most of us forget, however, that the treatment includes a second visit. It is a much less frightful anticipation. The surgeon is going to go in and remove the stitches, which is a relatively painless procedure. It’s a milestone on the way to recovery as well. He will inspect the area and check for infection. This is rather rare, but needs to be checked on. One purpose of the visit which may not be apparent to you is this: the surgeon needs to reassure the patient that things are progressing normally, everything is fine, see you in three months. This, along with the ordinary care instructions, tends to leave the patient with a smile — even with a tooth missing.


If we may draw a parallel, Communion is like that second visit. The first trip, coming to the Lord, can often be one that is quite traumatic. Each of us has a different experience with this, but some of us have had a really rough time becoming a Christian. That’s usually not the case with communion, however.

            Like the stitches being taken out, communion is a time to evaluate yourself and see if you’ve grown sufficiently to tackle new challenges. No one becomes super-holy all at once; most of us never get there at all. But we need to recognize that occasionally there are changes that can be made because we become more mature. Communion is a time of self-examination.

            Like the check for infection, you need to look and see if Satan is assaulting you in a different way. Satan will not ignore you, but might provide a new type of temptation. Examine your life and see if such a thing has entered it. Then place the matter in God’s hands to strengthen you. Communion is a time of self-examination.

            It is also a time of reassurance. How do I know I’m saved? The answer comes in the body and blood of Jesus Christ, the price paid for the atonement of our sins. It is not an accident that communion is designed to remind us of this. Remember, you’re relying on Him, not yourself.


So, today, listen to the words of instruction and encouragement that are being given to you. These are to help you grow and become a more mature Christian. Let God have charge of your life so that you might become more able to help others. Most of all, remember the purpose of communion – to remind you of the body and blood of Christ, shed for your sins and guaranteeing your salvation.

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