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Communion Meditations (2023)

 

Hope of the Resurrection

Originally scheduled for October 29

In the 26th chapter of the Book of Acts Paul presents his defense to King Agrippa concerning the charges brought against him. He gets right to the point, dismissing the charges of riot and insurrection. He draws their attention to the main problem: he believes in the resurrection of the dead. For this believe he brings forward three arguments.
·        First, in a general sort of way, he cites the Old Testament prophecies. Agrippa is a scholar of the Old Testament and knows these things. Paul just reminds him.
·        Next, he cites his personal experience on the road to Damascus.
·        Finally, he makes the argument that to say the dead cannot be raised is to deny the power of Almighty God.
Christians since the very beginning of the church have always believed in the resurrection of the dead at the Lord’s return. We believe Christ will return as he prophesied (as well as the Old Testament.) From the oldest book in the Bible (Job) to the newest (Revelation) the Bible proclaims this doctrine. By taking communion you state symbolically that you believe it too.
 
Communion commemorates the death and burial of Christ. Doing so implicitly proclaims the resurrection of Christ as well. Christianity makes no sense without the resurrection. In communion we take the bread as a symbol of his body in the cup is a symbol of his blood, signifying that we believe in the atonement sacrifice that he made on the cross. If you believe in his resurrection, it also acknowledges his coming again and the general resurrection of the dead. As Paul put it to Agrippa,
"And now I am standing trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers;
(Acts 26:6 NASB)

“The hope of the promise.” We tell the world, in communion, that we share the hope of the promise of the resurrection when he returns.

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