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Communion Meditations (2023)



Originally scheduled for January 29

Luke 7:36-50

It is a common thing these days to have an electronic calendar on your PC or smart phone. The software has been around for quite some time, but remains in common use because of its value to us.
·        First of all, of course, it serves as a reminder of our important dates and appointments. It tells you where you’re supposed to be and when you’re supposed to be there.
·        Next, it keeps a list of addresses and phone numbers with a much better memory than you have.
·        Finally, most electronic calendars also include a to-do list. It’s a convenient reminder of what you’re supposed to do — and the deadline you have to meet.
Curiously, however, while the calendar offers you reminders it does very little to nothing about instructing you. You don’t really learn anything from a calendar; you are reminded of things. There is wisdom in this. To paraphrase Samuel Johnson, people don’t need instruction nearly as much as they need reminders.
Communion is just such a reminder as well. We do it on a regular basis so that we will be reminded of the important things in the faith. For example:
·        Communion reminds us of the incarnation of Christ, the fact that he is God in the flesh. Both fully God and fully man, he understands our needs and can do something about them.
·        Communion reminds us of the atonement of Christ. The purpose of the incarnation was to give to us the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Our forgiveness depends on his atonement. So we remember his sacrifice on the Cross.
·        Communion reminds us of his coming again to judge the living and the dead. His followers will receive their reward; the evil will get what they deserve. Until then, we are to observe the Lord’s Supper on a regular basis.
In the bread you see his body, broken and wounded for us. In the cup you see his blood, shed for the forgiveness of our sins. Therefore, examine yourself and take this reminder with a pure heart. Remember, the pure in heart are those who can see God. See him in the bread and the cup.

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