I have a passion to do my best to make sure that our congregation’s members can take a meaningful communion every week. I believe we can avoid dull repetition and boredom. And the opposite problem of going off-topic in such of creativity. The answer, as usual, is to go deeper. I have taught on the atonement a few times, and found this to be tremendously helpful in my thinking about the communion.

I share today about one of the models of the atonement – that called, “Healing”.

Let me know what you think of this model. In what way is it helpful? How could this view of atonement be brought to life in a communion talk?  What scriptures, images, stories would give people sense of being healed, as they take bread and wine, that they are restored, reconciled, adopted into God’s family?

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God bless, Malcolm

Scriptures referenced or alluded to in this recording:

  • Is 53.5, Mk 2.17, 1 Pet 2.24
  • Luke 4.18-19
  • Is 61.1
  • Is 10.21, land 2 Chron 7.14, Joel 2.25, institutions Hos 6.6-7.1, health Ps 41.3-4, 8
  • Ex 15.26
  • Ex 15.26, Deut 7.12, 15,
  • 1 Sam 5.6-12; 2 King 6.18-20
  • Hos 5.13; 6.1-2
  • Is 53.3-4

“The atonement means that the relationship between humans and God is restored (healed). The central piece in this restoration is that God, through the Servant who personally takes on all our iniquities, grants forgiveness of sins….The punishment for our sins, which was often meted out in terms of suffering, sickness and calamity, has also been taken on by that Servant. His absorption of both the sin and its punishment is the means to our healing and restoration, by grace bringing us shalom or well-being in all its richness.” The Nature of the Atonement”, p130