last verse from our sermon text this morning says, “Therefore I ask that you do
not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.” Paul would not have the Ephesians be
depressed or worried over his tribulations, his imprisonment, for it was their
glory. His message of salvation cost him
his freedom – but it gave the Ephesians theirs.
was imitating Christ who gave thanks as He instituted a ritual that would
declare His broken body and shed blood.
He gave thanks for His coming tribulation for it would be for the glory
of His disciples – and life for the world.
partake by faith and in Christ and in the power of His Spirit we too rejoice in
the filling out of the sufferings of Christ, which we, His body, goes through –
and we rejoice looking for the glory which will be wrought in His body – in us
and in our brothers and sisters, because we are poured out for them. This is communion – the communion of the
death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
And it gives all aspects of life meaning and purpose.