Genius
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Communion 2011

Genius

Originally scheduled for October 2

By all that our society holds as being key to success, this poor creature should be among the greatest.  Consider:

·        He’s noted for his brains, to the point of genius – and beyond.

·        He has one clear objective to accomplish – all his effort goes into it.

·        He’s willing to take risks; indeed, his physical courage is undeniable as well.

·        Ingenuity?  His life has been one long parade of ingenuity.

·        Persistence is sovereign, we say.  He’s a model of persistence over many years.

So tell me:  just why is it that Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius, still hasn’t caught the roadrunner?

Simple:  it can’t be done.

You see, Wile E. lives in a different universe than we do.  If you don’t think so, take a course in basic physics some time and go back and look at those cartoons.  That universe is not a random place; it has laws, just as our universe has laws.  It’s just that they are very different laws.  Every universe has laws, even those of human invention.  They are a necessary part of creating a universe.

Laws of the universe may be physical, or they may also be moral laws.  We live in a universe with moral law.  (If you don’t think so, tell me:  do you believe that “what goes around, comes around?” That’s a moral law.)  Breaking those moral laws has consequences.  If you don’t think you’ve ever broken that moral law, tell me:  have you ever criticized someone for something you’ve done yourself?

Wile E. Coyote teaches us a valuable lesson here:  break those laws, and you have to face the consequences.  In our universe, the consequence of sin is death.

But – praise be to God! – our Creator has provided a way to get past that consequence.  Christ has paid the penalty of our sins;  God’s great love is the surpassing moral law of the universe.

We commemorate that payment on the Cross by celebrating Communion.  It reminds us of the moral law of God; the penalty for failure and the love that triumphs over it.

Wile E. Coyote possesses boundless self-confidence.  The Christian clings to the hope in Christ.  Wile E. knows nothing of his creator; the Christian knows the love of the Creator, and the hope that it brings.  Remember the sacrifice that gave us that hope as you partake today.

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