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Communion Meditations (2023)


Snow White

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, mirror on the wall
Who’s the fairest of them all?”
She’s 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 around you.
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 make sure.
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.
Seek his 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)
To test, expecting a good result. His forgiveness is a very good result. Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the Savior of us all!

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