Of What Use?
Benjamin Franklin, besides being the answer to
any number of history test questions, was the discoverer of
electricity. He published his findings to a world that was not
particularly impressed. One news gatherer asked him just what use
was this stuff called electricity?
Franklin's reply was in the form of another
question: "of what use is a newborn baby?" We look back in hindsight
today and consider the question foolish. But at the time it was a
Mark of wisdom on Franklin's part to recognize the use of
We might ask the same question about communion.
If someone were to come in to our midst and see us taking communion
for the first time he might be puzzled. We might find ourselves this
First, we are commanded to do it. If
only for the sake of fellowship, we are told to do this regularly.
Obedience to our Lord's command is a reason to do something.
Second, this is an act of
proclamation. By taking communion you are saying that you are a
practicing Christian, a true member of the church.
This is also an opportunity for
repentance. We are to examine ourselves, confess our sins and
repent. Self examination is sufficiently difficult that apparently
it must be scheduled.
Far and away the greatest use of communion is
remembrance. It is a ceremony in which we remember what our Lord has
It is a remembrance of our Lord's
sacrifice on the cross. In these elements we see his body and his
blood and remember that sacrifice.
It is a remembrance of his great love
for us. Can there be a greater love than that of an innocent man
sacrificing himself for the guilty?
It is a remembrance of his triumph.
His story did not end on the cross nor in the grave. He arose; and
the world hasn't been the same since.
It is a remembrance of his promise to
return. The man who conquered the grave tells us he will return in
triumph and glory. When we take communion, we remember that promise.
This is a new year; it's like a newborn baby –
we don't really know of what use it will be. But we do know the Lord
use it the good of those who love him. Look forward, to his return.