Wednesday of the Sixth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 10:1-27; Acts 22:17-29

"Give us this day our daily bread. What does this mean? God certainly gives daily bread indeed without our prayer, also to all the wicked; but we pray in this petition that He would lead us to know it, and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving." (Small Catechism: The Lord's Prayer, Fourth Petition)

In the Name of + Jesus. Amen. Bread. You can dress it up all you want with poppy seeds, melted butter or homemade strawberry jam. You can call it artisan, organic or fresh-baked, but it's still bread. There's a reason bread and water are dished out for punishment in books and movies.

That's because as good as it can taste, you can't avoid the reality that bread is the food of the fall: "Cursed is the ground because of the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread until you return to the ground" (Genesis 3).

This is why we must pray, "Give us this day our daily bread." In Adam, we are all sinful bread and dust eaters. "Dust you are and to dust you shall return." That is until Christ swallowed up death in victory. Christ is the death eater for you. Christ's death has destroyed death. You were dead in Adam, but now alive in Christ, the second Adam.

Rejoice! The last enemy--death--is destroyed. And guess what? There's a feast. Christ Himself is the host, waiter, butler and main course. He still loves eating and drinking with sinners.

Jesus takes the food of the fall--bread--and redeems it in His own death on the cross. He now gives us that same body, broken on the cross, in the bread of the Sacrament of the Altar. Take eat; the bread of life. Take eat; Jesus' blessed body. Now we can pray: "Give us this day our daily Jesus."

For this is what Jesus loves to do--give you Himself, which is His perfect obedience for your sinful disobedience and His death for your life. Daily bread at His table and yours. In the Name of + Jesus. Amen.

O living Bread from heaven, How well You feed Your guest! The gifts that you have given Have filled my heart with rest. Oh, wondrous food of blessing, Oh, cup that heals our woes! My heart, this gift possessing, With praises overflows. (O Living Bread from Heaven, LSB 642:1)

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