Communion Exhortation - 4/27/08

Text: Colossians 3:20-21

As God’s children we have not always obeyed Him. God has provided for our forgiveness through Jesus Christ. This should motivate us to greater obedience, but not out of guilt. Satan whispers half-truths in our ears all the time, and he does not stop at this Table: “See what Jesus had to do for you? How could you? You don’t deserve to partake!” Some think that entertaining such thoughts while holding the bread makes them more spiritual. But it is a gross perversion of what this meal symbolizes. God does not feed us at this Table to provoke us to lose heart about how guilty we are. He often shows us our guilt here, that’s the half-truth Satan bases his lie on, but God shows us our guilt in order to restore us to Himself, to show us THAT we are restored, to show us HOW we are restored. By the sacrificial offering of the innocent Christ’s body and blood.

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