MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26
“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you”
1 Corinthians 11:23 ESV
CHRISTMAS REMINDS OTHERS
Federal Express once ran a commercial similar to the movie Castaway, in which Tom Hanks played a FedEx worker whose company plane went down, stranding him on a deserted island for years. Looking like Tom Hanks in the movie, the FedEx employee in the commercial goes up to the door of a suburban home, package in hand. When the lady comes to the door, he explains that he survived 5 years on a deserted island, and during that whole time he kept this package in order to deliver it to her.
She gives a simple, “Thank you.” But he is curious about what is in the package that he has been protecting for years. He says, “If I may ask, what was in that package after all?” She opens it and shows him the contents, saying, “Oh, nothing really. Just a satellite telephone, a global positioning device, a compass, a water purifier, and some seeds.”
The delivery package items in the commercial could have been essential in helping the character played by Tom Hanks survive. In 1 Corinthians 11:23, the Apostle Paul was delivering a message that was essential for eternal life. Paul then goes on to explain the message of the gospel symbolized by observing the Lord’s supper.
As a follower of Christ, we have the same privilege of delivering to others the message we have received. The Christmas message and the Communion message are inseparable. Jesus was a baby born to die for the sins of the world. God is asking us to remember to share that message with others this Christmas season.