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Communion 2011

Mary's Question

Originally scheduled for December 25

It is quite the case that an angel does not easily tolerate any challenge to his statements. It is understandable, however, that Mary's question is reasonable. After all, was about to happen to her is a once in history event. Mary, quite logically, asks how this is supposed to have. After all, she is a virgin. Her motives in asking have been debated — curiosity, challenge, or just conversation – but the Angel Gabriel takes it in stride. He explains how it will happen; then just to make her certain he points out that her cousin Elizabeth (who had been presumed to be incapable of having a child) was in her six-month.

He ends his discourse with a verse which is not commonly used:

“For no word from God will ever fail."

(Luke 1:37 TNIV)

The angel told us this about his first coming, the incarnation.  Is it not clear that this will prevail in his second coming? It is prophesied many times and in many places that Jesus shall return. No word from God will ever fail — and therefore we should be prepared for his return.

So the question is: are you ready for his return?

·        Have you forgiven those who have offended you? It is clear that God offers forgiveness only to those who forgive.

·        Have you been forgiven by those you have offended? You should at least make the effort at reconciliation.

This is one reason why we are taught to examine ourselves at communion. It is a clear promise of God that those who are faithful followers will rise from the grave and live eternally. Therefore examine yourself and see if you indeed are a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. At the price of his body and blood he gives you eternal life. Examine yourself, and then partake.

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