You are God’s original masterpiece. God knew what He was doing when He created you. The question is whether or not you recognize this, and if you will respond to His love for you.
Every time we see God for who He is, including when we take communion, we recognize that we have sin in our lives and we have a need to deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ. If you take sin lightly, you are most likely taking Jesus lightly. If you take sin seriously, you understand that Jesus Christ is the only One who has paid the penalty for your sin.
When you understand what sin has done for your life, you know that Jesus Christ is the reason that we are to examine ourselves in light of Scripture and where we are in our lives. We have to see where sin is in the light of the truth. Once we understand the Word of God and its truth, we will not need a second opinion.
Sin is the contrary action to the will of God. It is evil, and it is a curse, and it removes each of us from a moral responsibility that we have to God. We are a people of free will, and we have been taught the difference between what is good and what is evil. The most hideous sin is when you know what it is to do the right thing and yet you choose not to. It is your conscience and the evidence of Scripture bears witness to sin through the light of truth. The less that we understand the will and the person of God, the more that we are likely to commit sin.
So it is a sin for the person who knows to do what is good and doesn’t do it.
But when Pharaoh saw there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.
Many of us will refer back to Exodus 7:3 and claim that God hardened Pharoah’s heart, but God’s nature and character does not turn people against Him–it is more about God allowing people to go their way because they have decided to do that very thing.
13 No one undergoing a trial should say, “I am being tempted by God.” For God is not tempted by evil, and He Himself doesn’t tempt anyone. 14 But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires. 15 Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.
God will make witness of Himself that those who oppose God would see and hear who He is.
The practice of Communion causes an examination of yourself to take place, Either you are receiving or rejecting Him in light of the truth.
While they were eating, He said, “I assure you: One of you will betray Me.”
Every time that we commit sin, we betray the work that Jesus did in setting us free from the captivity of sin. In many ways like Israel, instead of being free from captivity, we sometimes choose to go back into captivity because of the nature of sin.
We often don’t want to acknowledge the damaging effects of sin on others. We choose not to see our hearts, yet our thoughts can cause us sadness when we acknowledge who we are.
Deeply distressed, each one began to say to Him, “Surely not I, Lord?”
This is an area where each of the disciples was examining themselves in the light of truth before Jesus Christ.
Sin would take place in the very presence of truth…and even within His presence. Today, we sin because we have no fear of God or reverence of Him.
He replied, “The one who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl—he will betray Me.
But look, the hand of the one betraying Me is at the table with Me!
The disciples wanted to know who Jesus was referring to. The questions were asked to ease the consciences of those present.
I’m not speaking about all of you; I know those I have chosen. But the Scripture must be fulfilled: The one who eats My bread has raised his heel against Me.
Even my friend in whom I trusted,
one who ate my bread,
has raised his heel against me.
22 The disciples started looking at one another—uncertain which one He was speaking about. 23 One of His disciples, the one Jesus loved, was reclining close beside Jesus. 24 Simon Peter motioned to him to find out who it was He was talking about.
26 Jesus replied, “He’s the one I give the piece of bread to after I have dipped it.” When He had dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas, Simon Iscariot’s son. 27 After Judas ate the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Therefore Jesus told him, “What you’re doing, do quickly.”
Why then did Satan enter Judas? Judas had already set the plans with the Pharisees to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Remember in James 1:13-15 that sin comes from our own evil desires. Judas had acted on his sin. Sin was already in Pharoah’s heart, in Herod’s heart, and in Judas’ heart. Satan wants to hold us captive with sin. The only way that we can refuse to act upon sin is with the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives with the power of the Holy Spirit.
28 None of those reclining at the table knew why He told him this. 29 Since Judas kept the money-bag, some thought that Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival,” or that he should give something to the poor. 30 After receiving the piece of bread, he went out immediately. And it was night.
Sin gives the person who commits it the desire to be respected. It causes one to blur the lines of what is right and what is wrong, and it only causes confusion.
Then Judas, His betrayer, replied, “Surely not I, Rabbi?”
“You have said it,” He told him.
So they began to argue among themselves which of them it could be who was going to do this thing.
Communion is the place where sin is not invited to participate. Sin must be revealed to the heart of the believer to acknowledge it and to purge oneself from it.
The one who sins desires to be on the same level as everyone else. The one who is truly repentant of sin knows the truth that there is a difference between right and wrong, and acknowledges it before God. Consider the Gentile woman, who understood this very difference herself even though society did not recognize her (as a Gentile) as significant:
21 When Jesus left there, He withdrew to the area of Tyre and Sidon. 22 Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came and kept crying out, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is cruelly tormented by a demon.”
23 Yet He did not say a word to her. So His disciples approached Him and urged Him, “Send her away because she cries out after us.”
24 He replied, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
25 But she came, knelt before Him, and said, “Lord, help me!”
26 He answered, “It isn’t right to take the children’s bread and throw it to their dogs.”
27 “Yes, Lord,” she said, “yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table!”
28 Then Jesus replied to her, “Woman, your faith is great. Let it be done for you as you want.” And from that moment her daughter was cured.
10 While He was reclining at the table in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came as guests to eat with Jesus and His disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
12 But when He heard this, He said, “Those who are well don’t need a doctor, but the sick do. 13 Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
1 Corinthians 5:11
But now I am writing you not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer who is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or verbally abusive, a drunkard or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person.
The sinner is not on the same level as one who is obedient to Jesus Christ. There is a difference, and God calls each of us to a higher standard. Sin separates each of us from a relationship with God, and we are not to ignore this point or acquiesce with those who choose to sin. There has to be a difference between that which is holy and that which is impure. Until those who commit sin see that they are different and that there is a need for Jesus Christ, there will never be a change.
Sin will eventually reveal itself in the midst of truth. It is up to the person to acknowledge the truth. To reject it brings about severe consequences.
26 For if we deliberately sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries. 28 If anyone disregards Moses’ law, he dies without mercy, based on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment do you think one will deserve who has trampled on the Son of God, regarded as profane the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
3 Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was full of remorse and returned the 30 pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders. 4 “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood,” he said.
“What’s that to us?” they said. “See to it yourself!”
5 So he threw the silver into the sanctuary and departed. Then he went and hanged himself.
The communion table is the symbolism of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for each of us–to pay the penalty of our sins and remember His atonement for it. He wants us to come and acknowledge what He has done for you.