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Communion 2011

Requirements

Originally scheduled for September 25

Micah 6:8 NIV  He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

 

God, it appears, understands how human beings learn. It seems we learn best by example, not by precept. So our Lord did not give us just the Mosaic law to follow, but also gave us the examples of the great men of the Old Testament. The supreme instance of this is at the Cross.

Micah tells us that God has shown us what is good:

·        He begins with justice. What many fail to realize is that the Cross is very much an act of justice. Sin must be atoned for; the atonement must be full payment for the sin. That happened at the Cross alone.

·        This is also an act of mercy. We do not deserve the forgiveness of our sins; nor can we in any way earned that forgiveness. It must be done as an act of mercy, the grace of God.

·        Humility? Consider that our Lord Jesus Christ is eternally God. But he came down from heaven, became like one of us, and took on himself the life of a human being. He who spoke and the worlds began walked the dusty streets of Palestine.

So may I suggest to you that as you prepare for communion this day you meditate upon these things:

·        First, consider how great your sins are. Do not attempt to justify yourself, but look at them as God would see them. Recognize his justice and the price paid for it.

·        Then consider how great is the Father's love. His one and only son was sent to die for you; can there be a greater love than this?

·        Finally, please consider that he did this in the greatest of humility. The Cross is not an act of pride; it is an act of love.

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