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Communion (1995 Series)

The Rejection of Christ

Scheduled for September 7

At first glance it appears most curious that Jesus, the Messiah, would be rejected by the Jews.  Consider what God did to prepare the Jews for His coming:

·         First, over the period of many thousands of years, there are many prophecies recorded with regard to the coming of “The Holy One.”  Both explicit and implicit, they were studied so well that the authorities knew even where he was to be born.

·         Over the final two thousand years of that time, from Moses until his birth, God had consistently been in contact with (and disciplining) those same Jews.  He was hammering into their heads the kind of God He is.

·         At a deeper and more mystical level, all the Old Testament worship practices were forerunners of the things to come.  In the animal sacrifices -- especially Passover -- we can see the picture of the Christ.


Despite all this, Israel rejected her Messiah.  Indeed, this rejection was prophesied as well in the Old Testament.  Such rejection was seen as necessary.

·         It was necessary that the Jews reject the Messiah so that the good news -- we are inclined to forget the meaning of the word “gospel” -- could be spread outside the boundaries of Israel.

·         It was necessary that the “Son of Man” experience this, that He might have full sympathy with us.  To be the perfect sacrifice, He must be fully human.  To be perfect, He must be fully God.


Communion is a time when we may contemplate the rejection which Christ suffered on our behalf.  Consider how he was rejected:

·         His own closest friends and followers -- men whom he had taught for three years, living with them daily in rugged conditions -- abandoned him as soon as the official oppression began.

·         The nation of Israel, in the persons of its leaders, officially rejected him.  This was the same group of men who studied the Scriptures so diligently that they knew where he would be born, and yet they could not recognize him as Messiah.

·         On the cross itself, we hear the cry of the greatest rejection of all:  “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”  He who knew no sin became sin for us, rejected as sin must be rejected by a holy God.


Consider well, then, what your Lord went through.  The emblems passed are to remind you that your Lord was rejected by Heaven and earth -- for you.

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