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Communion Meditations (2015)

Dirty Shirt

Originally scheduled for November 1

Psalms 102:25-27 NASB  "Of old You founded the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.  (26)  "Even they will perish, but You endure; And all of them will wear out like a garment; Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed.  (27)  "But You are the same, And Your years will not come to an end.

 

The psalmist here reminds us of the eternal nature of God. The matter is relatively simple, taken from a philosophical sense. The universe exists; it had a starting point. Therefore it needed a starter — or as we would put it, a creator. Genesis 1:1 tells us that God is exactly that creator. That tells us that God is not part of the universe, for the part did not create the whole. It is interesting to observe that in the history of mankind the only person to put himself forward as this creator is the God of Abraham. There are no other candidates for the job. The fact that he is the creator implies also that he has an eternal nature, one which is not bounded by time or space. This nature — a glory only hinted at in creation — is later to be revealed to us. We are told that we shall see him “face to face.”

If you follow what the physics department tells you, we shall see a continuing increase in what is called entropy — a measure of the disorder of the universe. Eventually, the universe should wind down into a very cold, very homogenous muddle. The time to accomplish this is much greater than the known age of the universe today. But God tells us a different story. He tells us that he will change this universe, as one commentator put it, “like a dirty shirt.” One of the seven last things is the new heaven and new earth, and he has promised us this. But let us be clear: God’s character does not change, just the surety where is known as the universe. As the old hymn put it, “thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not.” Even if the heavens and the earth change completely, God’s character will remain the same.

Someone is all the supposed to happen? Virtually every theory concerning the prophecies says that this will happen at or after the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Which brings us to the point of communion: we do this in anticipation of his return. Each and every time you take communion, you are telling the world you believe that he will return. When he does, communion will cease, for we will have fellowship with the risen Lord. In the meanwhile, be of good cheer — for as Christ has told us:

 

John 14:19 NASB  “… because I live, you will live also.”

 

We are handling high and holy things. For this reason, if for no other, you should examine yourself carefully before taking communion. Is there something in you which displeases Him? If so, give him your promise that you will allow him to deal with it, however that might be. Then partake, with your eyes on the future, knowing that heaven and earth will pass away but God will not change. He has promised you a home in that new heaven and new earth — and his eternal character shows that he will keep that promise.

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