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Communion Meditations (2013)



Originally scheduled for July 7

When I was a child one of the things which puzzled me was the fact that paintings didn’t always reflect what a photograph would pick up. It was curious to me that a painter would paint something that wasn’t exactly photographic in quality. But as I grew older I realized that painting — and for that matter of fact photography — are not necessarily best when they exactly replicate something. I thought of paintings as something to tell you what somewhere looked like. As I grew older I realized that paintings weren’t meant to be a substitute for a police ID picture. If you want an example of that, look at the picture on your driver’s license. It may identify you but it doesn’t do what a good picture does — because a good picture or painting tells a story.

Let me give you an example of this. One of the members of our Bible class graciously volunteered to be our photographer. Like many classes, we have a board that shows the pictures of all the people in the class. New members particularly appreciate this, because you can’t memorize all the faces and names in one weekend.

One particular Sunday he had the camera with him and took a very interesting picture.[1] it shows neither my face nor my wife’s face, but it is an excellent picture of the two of us. It is fashionable among the liberated women at our church that they would not be seen holding their husband’s hand; this picture shows the two of us holding hands in church. We didn’t plan it this way, but it’s our counter-testimony (without words) to that fashion.

More than that, the picture tells a story. You can learn a lot from looking at someone’s hands. You can see the washed dishes, the tears that were dried and perhaps even the comfort in time of sorrow. Most of all it is a picture that says “us” rather than “me and me.” The picture tells a story; a love story.

Communion is a picture too. Look at it this way:

·         The bread is a picture of Christ’s broken body, nailed to the cross.

·         The cup is his blood; by his bloodshed we are given eternal life.

It’s not a photograph; it’s not a police ID; it’s a picture. It’s a picture that tells a story, as it should. That story is about our sin and God’s great love for us. So great was his love that he sent his only begotten son to us for the specific purpose of dying as our atonement. Like all great pictures it requires you to be involved. Great pictures cannot be ignored, but must be experienced. Great pictures tell a story if only you will listen.

Communion tells a story. A love story.

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