Twilight, the Military, Jesus, and Communion

At Williamsburg Christian Church we celebrate the Eucharist weekly. For us this celebration never gets old or mundane. The Lord’s Supper reminds us of who we are because of Who Christ is. It reminds us of what He brings to us from a blood-stained cross and empty tomb. In partaking in this weekly Communion our eyes are opened to the reality of God’s Kingdom and the light the shines from its glorious Gospel.

Tom Light is a dear friend, brother and member of our church family. This is a communion meditation he shared with us a couple of weekends ago. It is simple and held together by a deep understanding of Scripture. Perhaps meditations like his will help you understand why we feel that we must celebrate this beautiful event weekly.

“I like Twilight.  Many today may think of the movie and book series, but my name is Thomas William Light, and the name can be shortened to Twilight.  In my military days, we were taught there are two kinds of twilight—evening and morning twilight.  The evening twilight represents the time when the light of the sun has completely left the sky.  Morning twilight is that time when the light of the sun returns.  Twilight can represent both an ending…and a beginning.

Isaiah 59:  “So justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us.  We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.  Like the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our way like men without eyes.  At midday, we stumble as if it were twilight; among the strong, we are like the dead.”

John 1:  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.   In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”

John 3:  “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

There will come a day when we no longer need the light of the sun—S U N—for the light of the Son—S O N—the Lamb of God, will shine on the new Jerusalem.

Revelations 21:23:  “The city does not need the sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its Lamp.”

For he bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors.  An end of the old covenant and a beginning of the new covenant—in his body, and his blood.  And the darkness of His death is offset by His resurrection, and the light He brings to the world.”

About Fred

I am a follower of Jesus, the husband to Alison Glenn, daddy to my little man Ian. I am a son, brother, friend, bi-vocational pastor of Williamsburg Christian Church, ethnographer, activist and justice seeker, founder and president of 3e Restoration Inc, adjunct professor at Regent University, and mission specialist of church renewal with Mission Alive. I received my B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and my Masters of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) from Rochester College. I am currently working toward my Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology at Northern Seminary.
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