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Communion Homilies

 

1Cor 11:26. . . For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

The Greek word translated "proclaim" is somewhat ambiguous but one of its meanings is to preach.  In other words; when the congregation partakes of the Lord's flesh and blood in the manner he prescribed, they're delivering a homily; which should be accompanied by an oral explanation just in case there are visitors is church who don't understand what the ritual is all about.

FAQ: Is it permissible to tie this in to the Lord's resurrection?

A: According to the apostle Paul, the communion service that Jesus initiated with his men during the last supper is specifically intended to be a memorial his death— only his death —nothing more.

1Cor 11:26. . . For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

Use of the service to proclaim anything more than Christ's death has to be regarded as presumptuous embellishment upon the Lord's explicit instructions as they were given to Paul.

1Cor 14:37 . . If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

Below are three homilies very appropriate for Communion services.
 


First off; we must insist that churches are very wrong in serving their congregations processed bread in the form of crackers, biscuits, dumplings, sticks, and/or wafers etc. when it's supposed to be helpings of bread from one single loaf recently torn apart. All other forms of bread— including so-called hosts —miss the point.

1Cor 11:23-24 . . I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said: This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.

The broken loaf of bread reminds the congregation— and any visitors present —that Christ's body was very nearly destroyed during his crucifixion.

Isa 52:14 . . Many were appalled at him— his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man, and his form marred beyond human likeness.

When the three hours of darkness lifted that day, the man who emerged was so badly disfigured that even his own mother wouldn't have recognized him had she not been there and seen the whole thing for herself.

What's even more shocking is that the Romans aren't to blame for doing that to Christ; no, they had their fun and nailed him up there, but it was God who put on the finishing touches, viz: his own Father is responsible for the extreme severity of Jesus' injuries.

Luke 23:47 . .The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said: Surely this was a righteous man.

The centurion had likely presided over lots of crucifixions, but you can bet your bottom dollar never over one like that before.

Luke 23:48-49 . . When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away.

No surprise. It's a wonder anybody could catch their breath after an event like that.

Anyway: if God would do something so awful to His own son, just think what He might have in store for people who sneer at the cross, and mock it.

 


1Cor 10:16-17 . . Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.

The bread that the Lord broke on the night of his last supper represented his crucified body; and whenever I partake of communion's broken bread, it reminds me that not only did Jesus go to the cross for my sins; but that I was with him in the act.

Rom 6:2-4 . . Don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

Gal 2:20 . . I am crucified with Christ

FAQ: What's the point of going to the cross with Christ?

A: Jesus died for the sins of the world; which means that by going to the cross with him, I died for the sins of the world too: in particular my world, i.e. my own little personal share of all those sins.

FAQ: So?

A: Well the thing is: Jesus is never going to die for the sins of the world ever again because that one time on his cross was enough. The same thing with me: I'm never going to die for my sins ever again either because that one time with him on his cross was enough.

There was a time when I was dead to God, but thanks to Christ and his crucifixion, that's no longer my status.

Rom 6:10-11 . .The death he died, he died to sin once for all, but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

So the communion service is not only a memorial of his body's near destruction for the world's sake, but also a personal celebration of our own body's rescue from certain destruction in the lake of fire depicted at Rev 20:11-15 wherein people dead to God will undergo the loss of their lives in a manner similar to a foundry worker falling into a kettle of molten iron.
 


Luke 2:10-12 . .The angel said to them: I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today, in the town of David, a savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

The angel announced the birth of a savior; defined by Webster's as one who rescues. We've all seen examples— lifeguards, firemen, cops, emergency medical services, Coast Guard units, snow patrols, and mountaineering teams. Rescue workers typically save people in distress who are facing imminent death and/or grave danger and utterly helpless to do anything about it.

There were saviors in the Old Testament that rescued the Jews from a variety of dire straits (Neh 9:27) but we know from Matt 1:18-21 and Luke 1:63-77 that this particular savior will not only serve as a knight in shining armor, but also as a very effective mediator between God and Man.

In other words: Jesus Christ's ordeal on the cross is a lifeline, so to speak, that God is all set to throw to anyone and everyone for whom destiny in Hell is a foregone conclusion if only they have the good sense to plead guilty and throw themselves on the mercy of the court by a simple, naive prayer something like this one:

"God, I know I'm a sinner. I would like to take advantage of your son's death."

Does Jesus' Father honor those kinds of prayers? Well if His son's story of the tax collector at Luke 18:9-14, and the account of the malefactor crucified along with Jesus at Luke 23:38-43 are truthful indicators; then I can honestly, and confidently, attest that He does, and He will.

NOTE: Just about everybody who's ever heard anything about Christianity is aware that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world, but what is often unknown is that it was personal; as Isaiah 53:6 says: "The Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on him."

In other words: the iniquity of each of us fell on him, i.e. any name we might pull out of a hat, and as many names as we might pull out of a hat: that one name, and each name, is an individual for whom Christ endured the cross; there are no exceptions. Is it any wonder then why the angel announced not just joy, rather, "great joy" that will be for all the people?

 


John 3:14-17 . . Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

Long story short: Moses' people became sick and tired of living in the desert and eating manna all the time at every meal. But instead of courteously, and diplomatically, petitioning their divine benefactor for tastier food and better accommodations, they became hostile and confrontational.

In response to their insolence; God sent a swarm of deadly poisonous snakes among them; which began striking people; and every strike was 100% fatal, no exceptions. In no time at all, much people of Israel died. Then those not yet dead got nervous and appealed to Moses for help. In reply; The Lord instructed Moses to construct a replica of the beasts and hoist it up on a pole in plain view so that everyone dying from venom could look to it for immunity.

Now the key issue here is that the replica, lifted up, was the only God-given remedy for the people's terminal condition-- not purity, not sacrifices and offerings, not tithing, not church attendance, not missionary work, not confession, not holy days of obligation, not the Sabbath, not charity, not good deeds, not good behavior, not piety, not Bible study and Sunday school, not catechism or yeshiva, not one's religion of choice, not self denial and/or self control, not the so-called golden rule, not vows of poverty and/or chastity, not the Ten Commandments, not the Eucharist; no, none of that: not even prayers. That replica, lifted up, was it; viz: it was all or nothing at all-- there was no other option. Whoever failed to look to that replica, lifted up, for immunity died: no exceptions.

In other words then: Christ, lifted up on the cross to satisfy justice for the sins of the world, is the only God-given option for protection from the second death depicted at Rev 20:11-15. The default is terminal; no exceptions. People relying upon religion and piety, instead of putting all their trust in Christ's crucifixion, are dead men walking, no exceptions.

John 3:18 . .Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever disbelieves stands condemned already