This first appeared in the LaPlata Home Press September 11, 2002 in a weekly devotional called Flowing From the Mouth of the Jordan.

When I was 3 1/2 years old, my parents, my Grandma Dillman, and I took a trip out east.  We went to Gettysburg, Niagra Falls, and other special places of interest. The next year we went to the Rockie Mountains, the Grand Canyon, and Knotts Berry Farm as well as other places of interest of interest to us.  I remember blotches of these moments. For instance, the only thing I remember at Knotts Berry Farm was riding the train. I sat in a seat by myself (remember I am 4 1/2 years old) and two guys dressed as western bandits sit behind me and tell me to “stick-em-up.” My parents told me I told them “NO!”

Most of what I’ve told you I barely remember. In fact, the details of what I could tell you about each situation have been filled in by my parents, especially by the pictures they took of these two trips.

Every Sunday, when God’s church gathers in each church building, the church shares together in the Lord’s Supper (i.e., Communion). The Lord’s Supper is a sharing in remembering what God has done in Christ on the cross. We were not there when he nailed and died and taken down and laid in a tomb (John 19:17-20:10). We were not there when he bore our sins on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21). But, when we came in faith to Christ in baptism, we participated in Jesus’ death for our sins (Romans 6:3-8) and the Lord’s Supper reminds us of the depth of love God has for us, and the forgiveness we’ve received in Christ through our faith and obedience.

Just like the pictures of my family’s trips fill in the blanks of my memory, reminding me of what happened in Gettysburg, and Colorado, etc., the Lord’s Supper reminds us of the work of the cross in our lives. The cross brings forgiveness of sins to those who have faith. For the Christian, participating in the Lord’s supper is as if we are participating in the cross, because Jesus experienced our sin in his suffering.

All Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Version.


The Lord’s Supper…Who’s it About?

Dave gave a powerful meditation for communion on Sunday.  One thing stuck with me.

He shared that in the past, if he had sinned, when communion time came, he felt that he was unworthy of partaking in the Loird’s Supper.  I’ve even known people that felt that way that wouldn’t partake if they felt unworthy because they had failed during the week.

He finally realized that the focus was not on his sin, but on Jesus Christ who payed for sin.

Is it about you or is it about Jesus?  That’s what we have got to remember.

He died for our sin, but it’s not a focus on you and me and our sin, but on the the Savior who paid for those sins.


Observing the Sabbath

I read this quote in the 1.10.2010 Christian Standard.  “Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week” Alice Walker (b. 1944) American Pulitzer Prize-winning author (The Color Purple).  It reminded me of something that happened in 1981 or 82.

We were attending the Christian Church in Welch, Oklahoma.  One Sunday I gave the communion meditation and noted that the time we spend at communion is pretty short.  A few minutes for a meditation and prayer, and a few more minutes to pass the bread and cup.  In a church Welch’s size at the time it could be 10 minutes (give or take).

A couple of weeks later, a wise  man who was also a deacon in the church (whose name I can’t think of now) followed up on my meditation.  He noted my meditation that day had forced him to contemplate what I had said.  Here is what he shared with us.

Preparation for the next communion time begins right after that communion time ends.  Our life is a preparation for celebrating the holy.  Holiness is every moment.  Not just the moments leading up to sharing communion.  The moments following one communion begin our preparation to share in it again next Sunday.