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04.26.15 Communion Reflection on 1 John 3:16-24

by on April 28, 2015

Trying to understand what love is based on the many opinions about it can be very confusing—not to mention actually experiencing it itself! Whether you listen to popular music, peruse checkout lane magazine racks, watch daytime TV shows, shop the relationship section in a bookstore, or just overhear conversations, there’s no shortage of opinions on what love is.

The question of what love is is part of the human essence because we are made in God’s image. And love is the essence of God. In love God created us and provides for us. We are forgiven and redeemed in love.

The Christian church knows what love is because of this, 1 John tell us: Jesus came to show us. He welcomed those marginalized by religion. He shared with others what was denied by the powerful. He touched those rejected by society. Jesus stooped down towards those whom others stepped over.

The ultimate demonstration of God’s love was Jesus’ death. And before that Jesus gave us this meal so that we would never forget all he showed us about God’s love. He gave us this meal so that this image of God’s self-giving would inspire the divinity in us—that we would realize God’s image within us and follow Christ’s example to live in God’s love and to share God’s love. Jesus gave us this meal so that we might abide in God, and for God to abide in us.

Jesus gave us this meal so that we like Christ, can know that we are sons and daughters of God, and so that the world can know that God loves them too.

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