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Communion Meditations (2014)

Inseparable

Originally scheduled for June 8

In the 8th chapter of Romans – a soaring cathedral of thought – Paul ends with these words:

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(Romans 8:38-39 NIV)

 

Consider these barriers:

·         Life and death?  What are life and death to the one who has conquered the grave?

·         Angels or Demons?  What are they to the one who has been given all authority in heaven and earth?

·         Present or future?  What are these to the creator of time?

·         Powers?  What do they matter to the one who created all things?

·         Height or depth?  These are barriers to motion, not to love.

·         Anything else?  Just in case Paul missed something, he puts this in.  Christ is supreme in all things.

So what could separate us from the love of God?  Christ himself has the power and authority – but we know he will never do that.  How do we know that?  Greater love has no man than he lay down his life for his friends – and Christ voluntarily laid down his life for us at the Cross.

We often speak of “celebrating” communion.  It is a celebration; a celebration of love.  It is the reminder of the great love Christ has for us.  In the cup we see portrayed the blood he shed.  In the bread we see the pain suffered by his broken body.  Together, they portray the death of Jesus Christ.  The Lord of all things did this, voluntarily, for you.

Therefore, as you partake, remember his sacrifice – and the proof it offers of his love for you, so great and powerful that nothing nor anyone can take it from you.  This is his body; this is his blood – freely given, out of his great love, for you.

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