Communion exhortation - 5/11/08

Text: Colossians 4:2-6
Theme: Pentecost - Spirit opening doors to faith

After Pentecost, the church gathered together at the Table to break bread together.

The door is open. Hades and death were shut tight. But the true king, the son of David was worthy and he took their keys, and flung open the doors. He walked the path of the dead, and is alive forevermore. The doors he opened are open for you – not down to Hades but up to heaven. The door is open for you and for your neighbors and friends and co-workers. We go through that door here every week. Jesus is the door; the Spirit opens it with the Word, Water, bread and wine. The Father is within, arms outstretched, feast prepared for our return. We are all invited through the door to a feast. We must come with faith in Jesus Christ, cleansed by His blood. So we must have the sign of cleansing, baptism, before we can sit down to the feast. This cleansing calls for a change of heart and mind and life. But as we do this, we are invited to a feast, abundant life. Pleasures forever more at God’s right hand.

1 Cor 12:12-13: “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body— whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.”

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