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Communion Meditations (2023)



Originally scheduled for December 17

Few motion pictures have flouted whatever guidelines there are for good taste, historical accuracy and sympathetic portrayal as the 2001 grade B picture, Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter. The title tells you pretty much everything you need to know. It starred nobody, nobody and of course as special guest star, nobody. With that, I have already talked about it more than it deserves.
But let us consider a somewhat different question. Suppose you are tasked with making a movie about the life and mission of Jesus Christ. You have 90 minutes worth of film to tell about the one man who has influenced human life more than any other. What would you say? May I submit the following list as being essential to your story.
·        The Incarnation. What CS Lewis called the “supreme miracle,” the birth of God in the flesh.
·        An all too brief summary of his miracles and his teaching would be required as well.
·        The Atonement. The reason for the incarnation; Jesus came to die as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
·        The Resurrection. The power of the Holy Spirit displayed; victory over the ultimate enemy of mankind.
·        The Judgment. The approaching day of judgment for the living and the dead.
And the “punchline” to the movie? “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.”
For most of the history of mankind, we haven’t had movies. We had to rely on ceremony and symbolism to betray the most important things of mankind. Such a ceremony is communion; the reminder of the atoning sacrifice of Christ. This is so important that it needs to be taught over and again. The cup represents his blood; the bread, his body. Taken together they are a picture of his atoning sacrifice on the cross. As was commanded, you should examine yourself beforehand to see if there is need of repentance. Then partake in the worthy manner prescribed. It’s better than the movie; you don’t just look, you participate. It’s personal. 

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