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Communion Meditations (2022)



Originally scheduled for June 26

As of this writing there is a debate going on about electric vehicles. One side says that such vehicles are “pollution free.” They use nothing but electricity, and therefore commit no environmental sins. The other side points out that the electricity must come from somewhere, very often coal powered electric plants. It is not our purpose in this meditation to solve this debate, but rather to point out that serious thought often requires us to look beyond the object in question to a source. If you do not consider the source behind something, you usually have not examined the issues completely. Sources are important.
Nowhere is this more true than in the Christian faith. Clear thinking requires us to look at God as the source of many things.
            God is the source of power. Most of us understand this in terms of wanting our prayers answered. We are quite willing to give good advice to God about how problems should be solved, and cheerfully expect him to do it in the way we specify. It is as if God was some sort of Jack-in-the-Box who pops up when we ask, solves all our troubles and then goes back to his little box. If we think this way, we miss the truth about God as the source of power. Remember, he is the Almighty Creator. In his hands the universe continues to run. That should serve as a reminder that his power includes power over us. If he feels that we need to be disciplined or corrected, he has the power to do so. We often wish to put this to one side — but the source of power cannot be shunted aside so conveniently.
            God is the source of mercy. To understand this correctly, we must take a look in the bathroom mirror. If you see yourself in the mirror as one who is perfectly upright, a model Christian privileged to correct others, may I suggest that you look again. The honest view in the clear mirror is that you — like the rest of us — are a sinner. It’s an important view because only sinners really need mercy. Most of us have no desire for justice to be applied to us personally; there are no volunteers for prison. We are sinners in need of mercy, and there is only one source for it. The scriptures teach this from the earliest portions of the Old Testament, finding the ultimate example at the Cross. God is the source of the mercy that brought you the forgiveness of your sins.
            God is the source of love. The Scripture tells us that God is love. It is so much a part of his character that it is intrinsic to him. Most of us see this in our relationship with him, and in his love and care for us. The proper response to this starts with gratitude; sometimes you just have to say “thank you.” But consider: more than gratitude, our response should be following his example. We are Christians, the imitators of Christ. Christ was sent to us out of God’s love, the highest example of love the world has ever seen.
Communion shows all of this to us. To partake of communion is to remember, to bring to mind. And what should we have in mind as we take communion?
            Power — over the grave. The resurrection shows us God’s power in a way that is unimaginable to those who are not Christians. What power, they might ask, is greater than death? The only answer is the power of the Holy Spirit as he raised Christ from the dead.
            Mercy — shown in his body and blood. As you partake, remember that the bread represents his body, tortured and broken for your sake. The cup represents his blood, shed so that you might have forgiveness of sins and eternal life. For sinners such as we, what greater mercy could be shown?
            Love — shown in his care. If you are a faithful Christian, you have experienced his tender care. He will be beside you all your life, even crossing over into death. At the time appointed by the Father, he will return and raise the dead to eternal life with him. As with his resurrection, so it shall be with us. What greater love could we see than this?
As you partake this morning, do so in reverence. You are handling holy things; things of great power, mercy and love.

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