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Communion Meditations (2022)


Until He Comes

Originally scheduled for January 16

We are told by Paul that partaking of communion is a way of proclaiming our Lord’s death.

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes.

(1 Corinthians 11:26 NASB)


A question arises: why do we proclaim his death? Shouldn’t that better read “resurrection?”The fact is that proclaiming our Lord’s death carries with it much that the Christian should know.

In proclaiming our Lord’s death, we inevitably proclaim the atonement of sins that he accomplished on the cross.

·         The manner of his death, in accord with the Passover ceremony, tells us that this atonement was in accordance with the Old Testament law. Christ is not isolated from the Old Testament; he is rather the fulfillment of the Old Testament.

·         His death is also in accordance with the prophets who give several accounts — particularly in Isaiah — of the Savior to come. In proclaiming his death we proclaim the fulfillment of the prophecies of the Old Testament.

·         Most important of all, by proclaiming his death we tell the world that he has made the payment for sin that reconciles us to God.

Servant Nature of Christ

We also proclaim his death his nature as the servant King. This is not a king who came to conquer by force, but to woo with love.

·         The nature of his death reminds us that he was God incarnate. Think what a tremendous change in status it is to go from God Almighty to Jesus of Nazareth. He became one of us and died as we do.

·         Not only that, he lived the life of a poor boy. He was born in a stable. He was called a Nazarene — the equivalent today might be “redneck” or “hillbilly.” And he died like a common criminal on the cross, crucified between two thieves being executed for their crimes.

·         The test of the servant is that he does what you don’t want to do. The ultimate test of the servant is that he will die doing it. Christ died for those who were not worthy.

Love of God

Finally, his death tells us of the great love of God.

·         Consider the verbs in John 3:16 — “loved” and “gave.” Christ gave his life at the express command of the Father. It was a superb demonstration of God’s love for us.

·         In his earthly ministry, Christ not only shared what he knew with his disciples, but also shared himself. Fathers teach their children best by example; he is our great example.

·         Even in his departure, he showed us his love. He left this earth so that someone more useful to us (the Holy Spirit) would be able to guide and instruct us.

In taking communion you show forth the body and blood of Christ, as represented in the bread and the cup. In so doing you proclaim the atonement for sins by the servant King, Jesus, who showed us God’s great love for mankind. Proclaim it now in communion; be ready to proclaim it throughout the week.

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