Originally scheduled for April 30
Easton’s Bible Dictionary, in an article on the purposes of
communion, tells us that communion is a badge of the Christian.
A badge of the Christian. A badge can signify many things, but we
may focus on these three aspects:
Membership. A badge is frequently used to signify that a person is a
member of a particular organization.
Access. Badges are used to control the access of individuals to
certain areas or information. Those who worked in the defense
industry will be familiar with this as a way of controlling who gets
into what area.
Authority. The most common example of badges’ authorities is that of
a policeman or other law enforcement officer. The distinctive badge
tells you that they have the authority to arrest people, for
These three aspects applying Christianity as well.
Communion tells the world that you are a member of the church, that
you believe what the faith teaches. It proclaims that you want to be
an authentic Christian, one who practices what he preaches. It tells
the world that you have a lifestyle of a working, practicing
More than that, you have access. You have the right to intercede
for anyone by going to the Lord of the universe in the sovereign
prayer. You are a child of God who can stand before the throne of
grace, making your requests known without fear. More than that, you
have the privilege of forgiving those who offended you — and making
that forgiveness stick. At the same throne of grace you can bring
your repentance and ask for your own forgiveness. You are not alone
in this; the Holy Spirit is the lead and guide you. Yours is a
You may think you have no authority, but
you have more than enough. For example, if you forgive someone else,
the Lord counts that forgiveness for that person. You have the
authority to spread the gospel — one-on-one or in a large gathering.
Perhaps most important of all, when Christ returns if you have
suffered with him, you will reign with him.
So, as you
partake this morning, do so in an open honesty. Don’t just go
through the motions; really mean it. In particular about your
repentance. By taking communion you are wearing the bear to the
Christian. Be the honest person behind the badge. It is his body and
his blood, given for your sins, that you take. Live like the
triumphant child of God you are.