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Communion 2011


Originally scheduled for October 30

Some time during the year you will get a very cheerful letter. It describes all the wonderful things your money is going to do. It's not a pitch for a charitable contribution; it's a delightful letter from your county tax assessor.

Oh, it's very convenient. They provide you with a handy form with all the relevant information on it. They even give you an envelope preprinted to avoid it being sent to the wrong address. True, they're too stingy to put a stamp on it. They even include as part of the form something you can file away in your file cabinet. But the bottom line is still the same: this is a reminder of what you owe for your taxes.

Not all reminders come in an envelope. We are explicitly told the communion is a reminder. It's not all cheery like the tax collector's letter; in fact, it's rather somber. It doesn't come with a form to fill out; rather, it comes in the form of ritual. As for records, God keeps them; you needn't bother with it. The bottom line, however, is the same: it's a reminder. It's not a reminder of what you owe, but a reminder of what Christ did for you.

Let's just think about what he did for us:

·        First, there is the incarnation. The God of the universe, he who spoke and the worlds began, descended into the form of a baby. He was born in a stable to a couple living in a nation occupied by foreign invaders. He grew up just like we do. He know what it is to be cold, to have his feet hurt, and most of all, the limits of the human body.

·        Next, there is the atonement. Of his own free will he went to the cross to pay the price for your sins and mine. He suffered a horrible death, bled and died, all because of the love he brought to us.

·        Finally, there is the resurrection. It is the great guarantee of our hope: someday, at his return, we will rise from the grave.

As you partake today, be reminded of the great sacrifices he made for you.

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