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Communion Meditations (2013)

Blueprint

Originally scheduled for February 24

Have you ever seen a blueprint? It’s a rather rare document these days. Originally, the process of making blueprints was an invention of the 19th century. It produced a dark blue piece of paper with white lines on it which could show a great deal of detail. Once invented, it quickly became a standard method for dealing with architectural diagrams and other construction related documents. The process itself is messy and time-consuming; we have largely replaced it with newer methods.

Even though most of us have never seen an actual blueprint, we continue to use the word. Figuratively, a blueprint is some sort of diagram or instruction which tells us how to put something together. Sometimes these are literal diagrams — someone might speak of the blueprints for their house, for example. Sometimes these are completely figurative; you might speak of a blueprint for holding a party, for example. We use the word to mean something which tells us how to put something together.

In modern times we have replaced the blueprint with diagrams which come off a xerographic copier or something generated on a large bed plotter by a computer. It’s much less messy, and you can get color in it. But the old blueprints do still exist. For example, your author used them when working for the telephone company. Some of the blueprints we used dated back before the turn of the 20th century, showing the position of underground cables. The cables were still in the ground, so the blueprints were still valid. It doesn’t matter how old your diagram is, as long as it’s correct.

That’s true of communion as well. It’s 2000 years old, more or less, but still quite valid. We think of the bread and the wine — the product of the creation of Passover, 1500 years before Christ. The picture is clear, even at this great length of time. God passes over and saves those who are true participants in his communion. We are to remember his sacrifice in the picture shown by the bread and the wine.

More than that, we are told that taking communion should lead to self examination. We are to examine ourselves, and see if there is something of which we need to repent. It’s a simple thought. We must remember, however, that repentance sets the relationship between man and God on the right path. Once again, an ancient document which still tells us the truth, still has its great use.

We are also told that we are to do this until our Lord returns. Our blueprint tells us that we do not have the end of all things yet. Our Lord is due to return, and all things change. There are many theories about how this will happen, when this will happen, and what will be the result. We need not speculate about that; the blueprint tells us that he will return — and that should be sufficient. Remember that your Lord is coming back; examine yourself now and then partake.

 

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