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Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2010 03:45:46 -0700 (PDT)
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Straight to the Cross

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COLUMN: COMMUNION MEDITATION

The Gospel
 by Jeff A. Jenkins

This Sunday, millions of people around the world will
pause to think about Jesus. Practically the whole world
will recognize something this weekend that Christians
think about every week of their lives.

Jesus Christ was crucified on Mount Calvary, he was
buried in a borrowed tomb, and three days later was
raised from the dead. The Apostle Paul calls this the
Gospel (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).

The word "Gospel" comes from the Greek word,
"euaggelion," meaning good news or glad tidings. In the
New Testament, it relates specifically to the glad
tidings of salvation through Christ.

The good news is that we who were once lost in sin
(Ephesians 2:12), have now been redeemed by the
precious blood of Jesus. In 1 Peter 1:18-19 we read:

   "Knowing that you were not redeemed with
   perishable things like silver or gold from
   your futile way of life inherited from your
   forefathers, but with precious blood, as of
   a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood
   of Christ."

Some argue that if we partake of the Lord's Supper
every week it will lose its meaning, its significance,
or its appeal.

Think about the activities that we are involved with
every week (some every day), that never lose their
significance. We enjoy numerous meals, we tell our
mates we love them (that is if we are the kind of
spouse we should be), we provide for our families, we
sleep every night, and we bathe regularly.

If we perform these tasks and they don't lose
significance how can we say that remembering our Savior
each week by observing the communion loses its
significance?

Our first brothers and sisters in Christ observed the
communion of the Lord every week. Paul remained in
Troas several days so that he could commune with the
church. (Acts 20:6-7)

Jesus had earlier told his followers that he would be
with them in the church when they partook of the supper
he prepared for them. (Matthew 22:15-16) Paul reminded
the Corinthian church of the importance of the
communion service. (1 Corinthians 11:23-29)

May God help his church to always remember the death,
burial, and resurrection of his Son every week, and may
our remembering never lose its significance. 

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