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Communion Meditations (2012)

No Lurkers

Originally scheduled for April 8

1 John 4:15 NASB  Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

 

Some people in this world are lurkers: they go through life without anyone discovering their loyalties, their affections or even their tastes in food. But there is another type of citizen of the planet; you know them by sight. Oh, the easy ones are those who wear the baseball cap with the team insignia on it. The hat is usually a little sweat soaked and worn, but you know which team it is. They are not shy about it. Others may be found wearing the shirt, the jacket, or the parka (depending upon the sport and the season). If you get the real fanatic, you usually find they've done a room in the house in the team colors with a fine collection of pennants, posters and other paraphernalia. Often enough, their excitement for their team will cause them to be absent from church throughout the entire season.

Such a person is making what is technically called a confession: a declaration of belief. Such a declaration is public — and how — sincere and faithful. Faithful even when the team is losing. Often enough they have never played for the team; it's not really a problem because most of us have never played professional sports, for example. Not many can. But such people set an example for the Christian: their belief is unmistakably public — and acted upon. Wearing the team hat is an act of confession.

Communion is a greater confession. It is also a declaration of belief; it is public and we hope sincere and faithful. The faithful follower of the team is sometimes said to have "team spirit." The faithful follower of Christ is promised the Spirit of God. Indeed, John the apostle tells us that God lives in him and he lives in God. This is, of course, a much deeper and more profound form of team spirit.

The question any fan must ask himself is that of sincerity. Communion commemorates the event of Christ dying on the Cross. That was hardly a "blazing victory" moment. We are asked to remember his suffering and death. It is fitting, therefore, that we should examine ourselves in this matter. Our participation in communion is public; but is it also sincere and faithful? You will have to answer that question to your Lord face to face some day. Perhaps it is best that you find the answer now.

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