For You Have Died – Communion Meditation

It’s a great mistake to believe that Jesus Christ died so that we wouldn’t die. In Colossians 3, the Apostle Paul says:

2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Notice, Christ didn’t die so that you wouldn’t die. If you have put your faith in him, then when he died, you died. This means that when he was being put to death so was your sin, your guilt, your shame. We are to reckon ourselves dead to sin, and alive to God through Christ.

So, the only sin that can truly keep you from coming to this table is the sin of hardheartedness—this is the sin of rejecting grace, the refusal to reckon oneself dead to sin, of willfully remaining in unbelief.

Listen carefully to what I’m about to say: Are you bitter at your spouse? You can come to this table. Are you a thief? Come and eat. Are you angry at your parents? Come and eat. Have you used pornography? This table is for you. Do you love self-pity? Are you addicted to a substance? Have you lied and cheated? Here, at this table, you will find full pardon and complete forgiveness. There is therefore now, no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

But there is one question you must answer: are you repentant? Have you reckoned yourself dead to sin and alive to Christ? God will bring his grace even to you. Do you want it?

If you do, then come, and welcome to Jesus Christ.

(Pieces of this meditation were borrowed from a similar meditation written by Pastor Doug Wilson)

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