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COMMUNITY LIFE

1John 1:3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

All of us are looking for something in life, that special something that completes us. No one is quite sure what it is they are searching for, yet the search continues. The Bible maintains that the missing ingredient is life itself, the life we find in the community of Jesus. After all, that’s what Jesus came to restore, the lost community of God. This cry for fellowship resounds through the prayers of Jesus in Gethsemane, “Father restore Me to the glory I enjoyed with you in eternity. Father, include those you have given Me into the community of life”. That’s exactly what the first followers of Jesus experienced. You can hear it in the words of John in today’s verse, he had seen and experienced things in Christ that brought him into life. The joy of John and the other disciples was for others to be brought into this community of life too. Here are some thoughts from Jonathan Edwards on this word communion.

“The word ‘communion’, as it is used in Scripture, signifies a common partaking of some good. Thus we read of the communion of the body of Christ and the communion of the blood of Christ, that is, the common partaking of his body and blood. Therefore, as in a feast they all have communion in the same fare with the host and with the other guests, so Christians have communion with Jesus: they partake of the same Spirit, of the same holiness and the same happiness; they are members of Christ’s body and partake of the same life with the head; they are branches in him and partake of the same sap and nourishment with the vine. Christ and believers are partakers of the same Spirit.”
So the funny thing is that the very thing that many people rail against, the organized church, is where we find this life. Jesus walks in the midst of His lamp-stand even in its deformed and dim version of today. This is where we encounter Christ, in His body. This is where we taste of His body and drink His blood. So maybe its time for you to take another look at your community and see if Jesus is anywhere to be found.

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