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Communion Meditations (2017)


Originally scheduled for November 26

Professional writers will tell you that in writing a story it is most important to have good character development. For instance:

·         Characters must have a back story. You don’t want to character just suddenly appearing from nowhere and disappearing the same way.

·         Character is best developed in showing its relationships with other characters.

·         They must have a definite place in the plot, no matter how minor.

Moses, the author of Genesis, must’ve had some real trouble with Melchizedek. This is a very important character, but he comes out of nowhere — no back story. In fact, that turns out to be an essential part of his value to the writing — he has no back story which means he has no genealogy. In Hebrews the writer tells us that this means he is, like Christ, eternal. One incident, with no character developing details, defines the character. He then disappears. About 500 years later David mentions him in the Psalms. About a thousand years after that the author of Hebrews explains him. The only character development Melchizedek gets is what professional authors call “markers” — little details like his titles. He is King of peace; he is king of righteousness; he is a priest of the Most High God.

He is considered a “type” of Christ. We can also see within him the blessings of communion. For example:

·         He is a symbol of righteousness. In communion we see the body and blood of Christ giving us the righteousness of Christ in the eyes of God the Father. We, the sinners, attain that righteousness by the gift of God — grace.

·         He is a symbol of peace. In the sacrifice on the cross, Christ restored peace between God and his human children. We are at peace, therefore, with God — and we hope also with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

·         We see this most clearly in what Melchizedek brings with him: bread and wine. Considering that Abraham (then known as Abram) had 318 warriors with him, Melchizedek probably brought more than a small bottle of wine. But long before Passover the priest of the Most High God brings forward bread and wine as the blessing of God.

As you partake of communion this morning, remember that that the sacrifice of Christ caused righteousness to be accounted to us. We have peace with God and with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Melchizedek shows us that this was God’s plan from the beginning. Communion is something eternal. Therefore, examine yourself seeking the righteousness and peace of God. Then partake with gratitude for your Lord.

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