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Communion Meditations (2014)

Umpire

Originally scheduled for July 6

For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.

(John 5:26-27 NIV)

 

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a qualified baseball umpire?  Little League coaches often ask themselves that, especially when they see some umpire make a boneheaded call.  Here are a few things we’d like to see:

·         First, he must have played the game of baseball – and not just once or twice.  He has to control the game, and he should know how the players feel.

·         Of course, he should have an outstanding knowledge of the rule book.

·         He should also be a man of commanding authority, one whose very presence engenders respect.

There are some things we’d like to see absent, too:

·         We don’t want to see an arbitrary dictator; we expect him to use that rule book properly.

·         We also want one who is not inattentive – or worse, blind.

·         It helps if he is not inconsistent (especially calling balls and strikes).

These are the same kind of reasons that God the Father has for giving authority to judge to the Son of Man, Jesus Christ.  Just to mention the two most obvious points:

·         He was tempted just like we are, but is without sin.  He knows what it’s like to go through the human experience. 

·         More than that, he has experienced the ultimate fate of all of mankind – death.  He knows what it is to suffer and die.

When we partake of communion, we proclaim His death – and therefore we proclaim Him as the Son of Man.  We thus proclaim Him as fit to be the judge of the living and the dead.  So, when you take the cup and the bread, remember that the judge of all the earth will someday return.  You will face him, hoping to hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” 

Examine yourself, therefore, and see if you are indeed the good and faithful servant He seeks.  You proclaim His death; you proclaim the judgment to come; do you also see to it that you are ready to face that judgment?

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