Communion Exhortation - 2/10/08

Text: Colossians 1:24-2:5

As Paul said that he bore in his body the marks of Jesus, so we here commune with Christ in His suffering on our behalf. He took the punishment for our sins upon Himself. We must be united with Christ by faith if His death is to pay for our sin, and here is a sign of that union, as we eat the bread – Christ in you. But we are to see the Lord, not only in the bread, but in those who eat the bread. Christ in all of you. We are to see the Lord in one another. Discern Body in each other, and examine yourselves to ensure you are not dividing or disregarding Christ’s body.

This sacrament is a feast of remembrance and of hope. We remember what Christ did for us in the past, and we look forward to what His sacrifice will lead to – life eternal in His glorious presence. This meal is a foretaste of Christ in you, the hope of glory.

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