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Communion Meditations (2012)

Shoe Size

Originally scheduled for November 25

One of the more mundane consequences of the incarnation of God is this: Jesus of Nazareth had a shoe size. We don’t know what it was, of course. In fact, Jesus probably wore sandals which tend to have a looser fit than shoes. We don’t know if those were custom-made sandals to fit his feet, or whether or not they were just a standard, one size fits all sandals. We do know that he didn’t have to put up with credit cards to buy a pair of sandals, nor did he have thousands of styles to choose from. But he did have feet, just like the rest of us. We may therefore safely conclude that, just like the rest of us, sometimes his feet hurt. As he walked everywhere he went this is quite likely.

The humanity of Christ carries with it a profound implication: he knows how you feel. He knows the pain of ordinary living. When he got up in the morning during the winter, his feet were cold. I suspect the sandals didn’t do much to warm them up. So he understands the pains of daily living. He understands the frustration dealing with other people who have petty grievances, strange eccentricities and feuds from long ago still being carried forward. A man who fasted forty days in the wilderness certainly understands what it is to be on a diet. Jesus is fully human — and therefore understands what it is to put up with the rest of us.

This gives us insight as to how he approached the Cross.

·         The pain of the Cross was real — and Jesus knew it. He had probably seen many executions before (they were a common public sight). There is little doubt that the anticipation was not at all pleasant.

·         Thus, the fear of the Cross was also real. He knew what it was like to experience the terror of pain which would arrive in the morning.

·         Therefore, the ache to be released was also real. You cannot read the account of his prayers in Gethsemane without knowing that this was a man who wanted so much to find some other way to accomplish what God wanted.

The astounding fact in all this is simply that Jesus did not have to do this. He did not have to come as a baby in the first place; he did not have to suffer — unless he wanted to do his Father’s will. Out of the Father’s will came the love which placed Jesus on the Cross.

As you partake of Communion this morning, remember that the bread is your reminder of his body hanging on the Cross. The cup is your reminder of the blood shed out of love for you. Examine yourself; take these solemnly — and remember.

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