This was my communion meditation today. It was good, but I think I could have done better. Then again, I don’t want to put my skills and preferences in front of what God wants – the minister referenced this twice in his sermon, because he used scripture and a story that I had used. It seemed like a God thing, so I am not rewriting it.
When you were young, did you ever imagine yourself in a Bible story?
Being there when David killed Goliath. Seeing Joseph’s coat of many colors. Celebrating Jesus’ birth. Being one of the Israelites when Moses parted the sea. Great, uplifting moments – you can imagine being there, participating, helping. Not necessarily the main character, but one of the supporting roles. Not one of the brothers who threw Joseph into the pit, but maybe in the group of traders who purchased him and took him to Egypt. Not Mary or Joseph, but maybe one of the shepherds.
Now there was another Bible story that I didn’t want to be a part of. Just before Moses parted the Red Sea, the Israelites had been captives in Egypt. Through nine plagues – frogs, hail, locusts, and the rest –Pharaoh had not been convinced to let the Israelites go. The tenth plague was the death of the firstborn male. That concerned me – I am a first-born male. The Israelites found freedom from this plague by putting lamb’s blood on the door of their house, as God commanded Moses. Exodus 12:23 says “GOD will pass through to strike Egypt down. When he sees the blood on the lintel and the two door posts, GOD will pass over the doorway; he won’t let the destroyer enter your house to strike you down with ruin.” My parents weren’t Egyptian, but they weren’t Jewish, either. No blood on our doorway. That could have been me that was sentenced to death.
Now we come to the present day – August fourth, 2013. We find that we are not just hoping to be in a Bible story – we are living it as a main character. The events prophesied in Isaiah and the rest of the Old Testament have come to pass – Jesus was born just as foretold, lived a sinless life, was crucified on the cross, and was resurrected on the third day. The events prophesied in Revelation haven’t happened yet – we are still looking forward to Christ’s triumphant return. Yet “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” and “the wages of sin is death.” There is still that destroyer seeking to enter your house and strike you down with ruin.
We have an advantage over the Israelites in Moses’ time – we have the pure and spotless Lamb whose blood was shed for our sins. And on Judgment Day God will see that blood and see the purity of Jesus, for everyone who has trusted Him for salvation.
Back in Moses’ time, God told the Israelites to celebrate the Passover with a meal. Exodus 12:42 says “It is a night to be observed for the LORD for having brought them out from the land of Egypt; this night is for the LORD, to be observed by all the sons of Israel throughout their generations.” The Last Supper was Jesus and the disciples celebrating that Passover meal in Jerusalem. That is when He said “This is my body. This is my blood. Do this in remembrance of Me.” Let’s pray.