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Consider, if you will, the ordinary neck tie. As an item of
clothing to keep you warm it is approximately useless. Its major use
for the businessman seems to be cutting off the circulation to the
But considered as a symbol, the ordinary necktie takes on quite a
There are ties which show authority. This is often connected with
the show of power, wealth or position. Those who are very astute
about men's clothing can often tell who's in charge by the tie.
There are ties which show affinity. Often these ties are specially
made for the person, such as a tie which commemorates military
service in a particular unit.
Then there are ties which are worn simply for the pure joy of
wearing them. The author of these meditations wears an eye patch
over his right eye; of course, he has a tie patterned in skull and
Communion, as a symbol, carries much of the same significance.
For example, this meal shows authority — the authority of Christ
over sin. It shows his power — his power over death. It shows his
position as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Similarly, are taking this meal shows are affinity with Christ.
The meal was specially made just for us. It proclaims to the world
that we are Christians, that we have accepted the salvation that God
Finally this is a meal that leads to joy. We have the joy of
salvation, and the joy of eternal life — and this meal symbolizes
them both. It may seem to you to be nothing but a ritual; it may
seem boring and repetitive. But the reality is that is full of
significance and power. Treat it with care; you are handling things