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July 2, 2016, 1:31 PM

The Lord's Supper


A large part of today's focus will be on the faithfulness of God. We often say things like God is faithful or God is merciful or God is good. But, what do we mean when we say those things? I think we see the significance of God's faithfulness in the Lord's Supper, and I think we see the significance of the Lord's Supper in God's faithfulness. 

Before we really think about what it means for God to be faithful, we must first think about what exactly is God being faithful toward. So, to whom or to what is God being faithful?  The answer may surprise you.  At the most basic level, I think God is faithful to four things:

  1. God is Faithful to Himself.
  2. God is Faithful to Jesus.
  3. God is Faithful to His Original Intent for Creation.
  4. God is Faithful to Those Who Seek Him.

God is Faithful to Himself. Throughout scripture we see God make promises. In Hebrews 6:13-20 we see that when God makes those promises, He swears by Himself. An interesting point that we should not overlook is that the Old Testament law requires at least 2 testimonies for something to be held as true. God offers two witnesses to His promises in His oath by Himself. Witness 1 is Himself. Witness 2 is His word. This passage tells us that it is impossible for God to lie. 

God is Faithful to Jesus. Throughout scripture, Jesus is set up as the center piece of all creation.  Everything in the Old Testament points forward to the saving work that Jesus will accomplish on the cross. Everything in the Gospels illuminates that magnificence of that saving work. Everything after the Gospels evaluates how we should live in light of that saving work. All of creation will bow to Jesus, in submission to His authority. 

God is Faithful to His Original Intent for Creation. The world is not as it is meant to be. It has been wrecked by sin. Sin has caused more problems that we will ever understand. Scripture says that it has already caused God to destroy the world once by water. Scripture also says that sin will cause Him to destroy it once more by fire. Perhaps the greatest damage that sin has caused is depriving the world of God's holy presence. You and I were meant to walk with God and talk with God just like Adam and Eve in the garden. But, we cannot because of our sin. God is making it possible for His creation to once again be in His holy presence through the work of Christ on the Cross. God is making all things new. He will see to it that His creation is not stranded. 

God is Faithful to Those Who Seek Him. Scripture says that if we will confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us (1 John 1:9). It also says that if we want to draw near to God, we must believe that He exist and that He rewards those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). Jesus said to knock and the door will be opened. Scripture is full of promises and examples proving that if we will seek God, God will find us. 

God is faithful.  It is who He is. But, knowing that and believing that are two different things. In scripture it is easy to see God's faithfulness. In real life, it is easy to doubt God's faithfulness. It is almost like we expect to be the person that God pulls the rug out from under. We assume that God has spent all of history plotting the elaborate practical joke. 

Knowing that God is faithful can give us some comfort. But, unless we believe it the comfort is short lived. In times of waiting on His faithfulness: comfort will turn to anxiety, anxiety to loneliness, loneliness to anger, anger to bitterness, and bitterness to death. 

As we take the Lord's Supper this week, we do so committing ourselves to trusting in God's faithfulness. It is a representation of His faithfulness to Himself in that He has provided a Messiah. It is a symbol of His faithfulness to Jesus whose body was broken and restored. It is a reminder of His faithfulness to those of us to seek him. Finally, it is an anticipation of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb where we will celebrate the new heaven and the new earth. 

Worship today through the Lord's Supper, trusting in God's faithfulness. 


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