Originally scheduled for March 9
One of the difficulties new Christians
sometimes encounter is the concept of revelation.
We are quite accustomed to the idea that truth is something
we discover; so how does one go about proving Christianity in the
Most truth is indeed discovered – and not
always by scientific methods (history, for example.)
But some of it must be revealed by God directly, for we could
not discover it by ourselves – and we need to know it.
But notice this:
however the truth is acquired, it is usually taught by authority.
Your high school physics teacher didn’t have you construct an
atomic bomb as a lab experiment. Most of what we know was taught to
us by authority.
This is the source of the teacher’s greatest
problem: getting you to
remember, especially after the class is over, without direct
experience. Even Christ
had this problem; he
wants you to remember his sacrifice on the Cross.
May we take a look at how he goes about keeping things in
your memory? It’s a
He has implemented communion, the Lord’s Supper, as a memory
device – and asks you to repeat it regularly.
How often depends upon the denomination, but whether you do
it daily, weekly or monthly you are engaged in repetition – so that
you will remember.
In case you’re not familiar with the word, it means an aid to
the memory. Musicians remember “Every good boy does fine” – the
first letters tell you the notes on each line of a treble clef in
remember “righty tighty, lefty loosey.” You are taught by the
symbolism of the bread for his body, the cup for his blood.
Every student knows you always prepare for the test.
So it is that Christ tests you in communion by asking you to
examine yourself. You
are grading your own test – so you have reason to be honest with
But Christ extends his training of your memory
beyond that. Where two
or more are gathered in his name, there he is with them.
His Holy Spirit indwells us.
It’s like having a coach in athletics.
You not only have a coach for practice, but he’s there during
the game as well. The
Holy Spirit will bring to mind that which you should act upon.
Notice: “bring to
mind”, not “force you to do.”
So I encourage you today:
See if the sin in your life stands between you and a pure hearted
relationship with your Lord and Savior.
Let the Holy Spirit bring to mind that which troubles you;
then commit your ways to him who is able to save.
Examine yourself, and remember the truth.