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Communion 2011

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Originally scheduled for December 18

May we begin with one of the most famous Psalms the Bible?

I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

(Psalms 121:1-8 TNIV)

It is a Psalm of great comfort. It promises us help from the Lord, whose characteristics are well known:

·        God is powerful.

·        God is eternal, and therefore diligent.

·        God is the God who loves you.

So the Psalm says. But how do we know that this is true?

·        The power of God is clear when you look at the universe. See what his hands have done! His power is not disputable.

·        This diligence may be seen in how he sustains the universe. The laws of physics do not change with time, because God, their creator, is eternal.

·        But how do we know that he loves us? We may examine the stars diligently but can we see God's love there?

Nature does not display God's love, but that does not mean it is not on display. You take communion each time as a reminder of his love. The practicing Christian is a living display of God's love; in communion he displays it symbolically.

·        The cup is a symbol of his blood, which reminds us of the sacrifice of his life by which we are pardoned.

·        The bread is a symbol of his body, the Temple of the spirit. That body was tormented so that you might live forever.

As you partake today, remember to examine yourself. This is commanded of you. Once you have done so, take the time to reflect upon his great love for you. His body was broken; his blood was shed so that you might live eternally.

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