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Communion Meditations (2023)

 

Red Letter

Originally scheduled for December 31

The church has a history of about 2000 years; in that context 50 or 60 years ago is not that far back. If you were to go to a church in 1950 you would probably find something different about their Bibles. First, they would mostly be the King James Version. But you would also find many of them in which there would red letters — text set in red colored type. These “red letter editions” highlighted the words of Christ. In those days, the church knew that the words of Christ were the most important things in the Bible. They were therefore appropriately emphasized. The practice has since gone out of fashion.
 
Today is the last day of the year. It is fitting, therefore, that we have some “last words” for this occasion. The last words in red in these older Bibles would have been these:
Rev 22:20  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Now, it is obvious that our Lord has not returned in the last 2000 years. Perhaps he meant that he would arrive in a hurry, with little warning. It is a point to be heeded. It may be that the idea “you can always put off your repentance until tomorrow” might run out of tomorrows. So take this as a warning to examine yourself for communion today, and repent as quickly as needed.
 
Note the reaction of the apostle John. “Even so, come…” The desire of the church is always been for the return of our Lord, for in that time justice will be established and the New Heaven and New Earth will be created — paradise for those who love God and keep his commandments.
 
Christ told us he would not eat this meal with us again until he returned. Therefore, every time we take communion we proclaim the truth that he will return and bring with him the great judgment. So as you partake of the bread — the symbol of his body — and the cup — symbol of his blood – remember: He told you he was coming soon. Don’t be caught unaware.

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