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Communion (1995 Series)

You Are What You Eat

Scheduled for August 3

Somewhere -- probably in II Hezekiah, I haven’t had a chance to look it up -- God gives every college student the right to complain about the food.  As the fortunes of life would have it, in my undergraduate years I did not have the funds to move out of the dorm, so I had a great deal of experience in complaining about dorm food.  A common sign in our dorm rooms was this:  “Choose your meals carefully in the cafeteria -- you are what you eat.”  It gives one pause.


It is still true, however.  If your diet consists of cookies and ice cream, you will soon begin to resemble an ice cream sundae -- every mound of it.


It is true in the spiritual realm as well as in the physical realm.  If you’re one of those people who complains that there is too much sex and violence on your video player, perhaps you ought to check out what you are checking out from the video store.


The positive sense of this is also true.  If you take in -- would “devour” be the right word? -- the Scripture, it changes you.  You become what you have “eaten,” greatly to your profit.  When you listen to the Word, preached, taught or read, you are taking it in, and you become what you “eat.”


This is true also in Communion.  Communion is a symbolic meal.  One of the (many) symbolic interpretations of this meal is this:  You are “eating” the very body and blood of Jesus Christ.  Now, we know that our Lord’s body was like ours, until the Resurrection.  He ate, he drank, he felt pain -- He was a man just like us.  But after the resurrection, his body was different.  It was still recognizable as his body, but it was greatly different in kind.  Paul puts it this way:


(1 Cor 15:42-44 NIV)  So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; {43} it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; {44} it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.


By taking in the body and blood of Christ you are -- symbolically -- becoming like him;  you are what you eat.  You therefore become like Christ, presuming that you partake with sincerity and repentance.  Since you have taken in his body -- his nature, as it were -- you will share in that nature.  We will be raised from the dead just as He was raised from the dead.

The meal is a spiritual one.  It must be taken in a spiritual way -- in love, truth and light.  The result will be spiritual for now -- until the day when the faith becomes sight, and He returns to claim those who love Him.

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