Open to All
Originally scheduled for May 4
The sacrifice of Christ on the cross is the
center point of the Scriptures – and of human history.
It’s important for us to know some of the characteristics of
First, it is
The sacrifice was made once, and there is nothing left to be
sacrificed. This is the
sacrifice which cannot be improved upon, for it is perfectly
Next, it is
open to all. The issue of
salvation does not depend upon whether or not God is willing;
rather, he has made it clear that salvation is open to “whosoever
Finally, there is no list of
“acceptable” sins. The
only qualification for becoming a Christian is that you have to be a
sinner first – and Christ is not picky about which type of sinner.
Communion proclaims these truths.
Communion is a
reminder of the sacrifice of Christ – not a new sacrifice.
It points our minds to what Christ did at Calvary; it’s not a
sacrifice on our own.
It is open to
all who believe.
In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free,
male nor female but all are one in Christ Jesus.
Surprisingly enough, there is no
special form of communion for the really wicked.
That tells you that sin is sin – and Christ is not picky
about that either.
This should be a source of joy to all
Christians; consider it.
There is no need – indeed, no way –
to work your way into heaven.
You arrive by the grace of God, which is both free and
Your social or economic status is no
barrier. Those who take
communion together are the church – the brotherhood of man under the
fatherhood of God.
No matter what you have done, you are
one of the “in crowd” – forgiven at the expense of Christ.
So, as you partake this morning, be reminded of
the Cross – which brought your Savior pain, and brings you great
 This is
not a point concerning “open” or “closed” communion.
The point is that the church is “open” – or it’s