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Communion Meditations (2023)


Rose Parade

Originally scheduled for January 8

My father summed it up this way: “The dumbest thing California ever did was to televise the Rose Parade. Just think of it; all those farmers in Iowa, under 50 feet of snow, milking their cows to get ice cream and they see a bunch of girls in bikinis riding on floats made of flowers. It’s a wonder there is anyone left in Iowa.”
You can have a fair amount of empathy for the farmer. It’s January 8; the New Year’s parties are over and the weather hasn’t changed. We are in the midst of the bleak midwinter season. But the farmer knows that spring arrives when spring arrives, and waits for it patiently. Like anyone who is waiting for a richly anticipated result, there is a certain pain to waiting.
The Christian has a larger version of this problem. At the institution of the Lord’s supper, Christ told his apostles that he would return:
"But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom."
(Matthew 26:29 NASB)
So it is that our Lord tells us he will come back. The apostles were quite sure it would be a few weeks or months; a small number of years at the most. That was 2000 years ago. Injustice still rings in this world; we live in the bleak midwinter of human sin. So when is He going to return?
“Soon.” The same answer he’s been giving the church for 2000 years. How is this possible?
But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.
(2 Peter 3:8 NASB)

It is our Lord’s purpose that all possible should be saved. You are witnessing not his tardiness but his patience. It’s just that his patience corresponds with our impatience.
Do not despair, Christian. Our Lord will return to judge the living and the dead. At his return Adolf Hitler will get what he deserves in the justice of God. Real Christians look forward to the return of our Lord with joy. One of the many purposes of communion is to remind you of that joy, to put you in mind of his return. It also gives you a chance to mend your relationship with Him. So examine yourself this morning, and see if there is something in you that needs remedy. Take it to you Lord; accept his forgiveness — then partake. The bread is his body; the cup, his blood. This he did for you so that you might have mercy on the day of judgment. Examine yourself; mend your relationship and then partake in a worthy manner.


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