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Communion Meditations (2015)

Clear the Way

Originally scheduled for October 25

It is a common fact of communion meditations that we are exhorted to continue “until He comes again.” It is a phrase which is always there in the scriptural passages concerning communion, but seldom mentioned. This gives rise to an unusual bit of behavior, which if you will pardon me I will refer to as the “gumdrop method.” If you ask a Christian what he’s supposed to do about the fact that the Lord is coming again you will get an answer that more or less runs along the lines of the gumdrop. The gumdrop is plopped down wherever it may go, and it stays there. Blorp! We conclude from the communion meditation that there’s really nothing for us to do. This is a conclusion which is brought about by examining a lack of evidence and concluding that that’s the evidence. It happens, however, that we have suitable instructions on the point:

 

Isaiah 40:3-5 NASB  A voice is calling, "Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.  (4)  "Let every valley be lifted up, And every mountain and hill be made low; And let the rough ground become a plain, And the rugged terrain a broad valley;  (5)  Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, And all flesh will see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

 

Somehow or other, we are expected to clear the way. What could that mean? At the very least it means that we are to clear away the hurdles and barriers that the average man has to overcome before he could come to Christ. That might mean such things as a good knowledge of apologetics, or participation in our political process which as of late has tended to drive Christianity out of the public mind. It might even mean that we are to preach the gospel to those who have not heard it, the unsaved of our own community.

It’s not just a push and shove operation. We are to make the way “smooth”; we are to make it easy for our friends and neighbors to receive Christ. That might mean removing some of the barriers between us and our next-door neighbor. But in all of this we need to remember that we are in the wilderness. If we think this is going to be easy, we are mistaken. The desert is a tough place to live; the wilderness doesn’t offer much support. We need to be prepared in our minds to do what needs to be done.

 

Then, if you will notice, the Scripture takes a different turn of verb. The first verse is plainly a command; the second verse instructs us to “let” things be done. That’s not us; that’s Him at work. We work on the highway; he gets the rest of the desert. Only when he has finished his work of preparation will he return. Note that this is his timing, not that of self-proclaimed prophets.

And what is the result we shall see? We shall see the glory of the Lord revealed. We often picture that is Christ returning, but that understates the case completely. The glory of God is already an accomplished fact; we just don’t see it visibly. On that day it will become visible to one and all, the living and the dead. The world shall see what we have known. I just hope we’re not too embarrassed when someone asks whether or not we knew about this before hand. It’s going to be rather embarrassing to admit that you knew the glory of God and did nothing about it.

 

So, as you meditate upon the Lord’s supper today, you might ask yourself some questions:

·         Have you worked in this world to clear the way for the Lord?

·         Have you made it smooth? Is it easy to see Christ in your life?

Remember what Christ has done for you; ponder what you should do for Him.

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