Originally scheduled for October 22
Imagine, if you will, that you are in a motion picture theater in
1937. It’s during the Great Depression; you are seeking relief in
that imaginary world of suspended disbelief that is the motion
picture. The theater darkens; splashed on the screen is the title of
the movie: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” One particularly
fascinating scene concerns the wicked stepmother and Queen. She goes
to her magic mirror and asks the fateful question,
mirror on the wall
Who’s the fairest of them all?”
expecting the usual answer; she is. But today — a rare event for the
demon of the mirror — she gets an honest answer: Snow White.
Flattery gives place to jealous rage.
At communion, the
Christian has an analog to the magic mirror: self-examination. Who
knows what is deep in your heart, except yourself? But beware;
self-examination can be a little demon who lies to you.
Interestingly, the Greek word used to proclaim this in the New
Testament means a test which expects a good answer. It’s like going
to the doctor for an annual checkup; you don’t expect anything to be
wrong but it’s best to make sure. So make sure your magic mirror is
telling you the truth.
Also, make sure your little demon is not
trying to distract you. You are to examine yourself, not those
Why do we do this? We’ve heard one reason; it’s
like the medical exam. You don’t expect trouble, but it’s best to
An important reason is this: in communion, you meet
Christ. Your hands partake of his body and his blood, the bread and
the cup. It’s a meal with Christ; wash your hands first.
forgiveness. As the Scriptures tell us,
If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse
us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:9 NASB)
expecting a good result. His forgiveness is a very good result.
Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the Savior of us all!