“Come and See; Go and Do”
Epiphany Communion Meditation
January 15, 2017
For weeks we anticipated his coming. We waited. We expected. We prepared. The Messiah was coming. Hope and peace and joy and love were on the way. The advent of our God was near. So we spent our time getting ready…looking forward…expecting. And then it happened.
The Savior, who is Christ the Lord, was born! We celebrated. We rejoiced. We sang. Joy to the world, the Lord is come! We received our King. Hope and peace and joy and love arrived. And all was right with the world. Immanuel, God with us!
Today we behold. We behold Jesus. We behold our Lord and Savior, who gives us hope and peace and joy and love. We behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. We behold the Lamb of God, who takes away our sins. This is what Epiphany is all about. It is about seeing Jesus. It is about knowing who he is and what he does. It is about “coming and seeing”. We come and we see Jesus love. We come and we see Jesus forgive.
Today we receive Holy Communion. We receive the body and the blood of Christ. We receive forgiveness, we receive grace, we receive love. We see our salvation in this bread and in this cup. We come to the table and we see our salvation. And we remember the Lamb of God, who takes away our sins. The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. We come and see.
Then we go and do. We go and share Jesus’ love. We go and offer his forgiveness. We go and preach his grace. We preach his grace when we feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty. We offer his forgiveness when we welcome the stranger and clothe the naked. We share his love when we care for the sick and visit the prisoner. We share Jesus’ love, we offer his forgiveness, we preach his grace every time we do for the least of these and for all of these, God’s beloved children.
So let us come and see- the body of Christ broken for the blood of Christ shed for us, the love of Christ given to us. Then let us go and do- as we preach his grace, as we offer his forgiveness, as we share his love. Until he comes.