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Communion Meditations (2017)

Until Then

Originally scheduled for December 31

It is the last day of the year. While we like to think of our New Year’s resolutions, most of our thought dwells on what happened this year; a review of the past. May I cast your eye instead to the future:

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.

(2 Peter 3:10-14)

 

It is fashionable these days to ignore any passages concerning the return of Christ, the Day of the Lord. But as is clear from what Peter has written here, this is not something that simply occurs in Revelation, shrouded in symbolism. Peter is pretty explicit here:

·         The Day of the Lord, his return, will surprise us all when it happens. Any number of people think they have mathematically calculated the date. They’re wrong. We will be surprised.

·         This current universe in some fashion will be destroyed and remade into the New Heaven and New Earth.

·         In light of this, we are to live lives that produce Christians “without spot or blemish, and at peace.”

Until then, we must live the life of the Christian anticipating the Lord’s return. There are many things that the Scriptures tell us we should be doing, but only one particular ritual is performed in anticipation of his return. This ritual is so important that Christ instituted on his last night before the Cross. He told his disciples that this would be the last time he would eat Passover until he did it again in the renewed kingdom. In the meanwhile he has left us this ceremony.

Why this particular ceremony?

·         The bread and wine recall his body and blood, reminding us of the supreme sacrifice that he made for our atonement.

·         We are taught to examine ourselves — a call to repentance — so that we might do this in a worthy manner.

So then, look back upon your life, examine yourself and see if there is need for you to repent. Bring that need to the Lord, and take this communion in a worthy manner — until He comes again.

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