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Communion Meditations (2013)

Razzle Dazzle


Originally scheduled for October 27

Throughout military history, people have been using the art of camouflage. We might take a little bit of a review of this, for Christians are in the business of making sure camouflage doesn’t work.

·         One form of camouflage is this: you know that the object you’re looking for is not there – even when it’s hiding in plain sight. If you can’t see it, it doesn’t exist. But this is not the only form of camouflage.

·         Another form of camouflage is that you do in fact see it — you just don’t identify it correctly. You see a house where they put a cannon.

·         Perhaps a bit more subtle is this: you see it, you recognize it correctly but you miss the direction in which it is headed and how fast it’s moving. That was the purpose of what was called “razzle dazzle camouflage” in World War I. Ships were painted in the most outrageous blotches and splotches of color to confuse the fellow looking through the periscope.

All these forms of camouflage have one thing in common: they are intended to deceive you. You trust your eyes; your eyes are lying to you.

In communion the church attempts to tell the truth — in the deepest and most profound way possible. The elements of communion are simple and visible, to prevent camouflage.

·         One purpose of communion is to exemplify the real existence of Jesus Christ. As the elements are real, so Jesus of Nazareth was a real human being, not a legend.

·         Another purpose is so that you will identify correctly the intent which Christ had at the cross: the sacrifice of atonement. We are to identify correctly what it is that is being portrayed.

·         Indeed, we are also to identify correctly the direction in which Jesus the Christ is headed. Specifically, he intends to return at the time chosen by God the Father. Direction? He’s headed back to us.

True Christians know the Truth — and they live like it.

At communion we are taught to examine ourselves. We need to find out: are we really living the truth, or just going through the motions?

·         Is Christ real in our lines — or is he just something for Sunday only?

·         Is your life changed by the power of the resurrection — or do you live pretty much like everyone else does, unaffected by the fact that Christ rose from the grave?

·         Do you act like he’s returning again — and soon? Or do you act like you have all the time in the world?

You proclaim the truth in communion; do you live the truth in the rest of your life?

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