Reflections: September 2, 2020
Wednesday of the 12th Week after Trinity
By Mark Buetow
What is the Sacrament of the Altar? It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself for us Christians to eat and to drink. (Small Catechism: Sacrament of the Altar, pt. 1)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. All the questions we could have about Communion are answered by Jesus' Words which give us His Body and Blood to eat and drink.
What is it? His Body and Blood. Just as the Passover lamb was killed and eaten, so Jesus is killed for our sin on Calvary and gives us His Body and Blood to eat in this special way. If it were not Jesus' Body and Blood, what good would it be? When the Passover lamb was slain, the Israelites didn't go out for pizza! They ate the flesh and blood of the lamb by which they were saved.
Who gave it to us? Jesus Himself! The divine, eternal Son of God who made all things and became man, whose Word brings into existence out of nothing, the Word that heals and speaks forgiveness--that Jesus, that Word declares what this special gift is: His very Body and Blood.
Where is it? Under the bread and wine. So that we may eat and drink with our mouths this wonderful and special gift, the Lord gives it to us with the Passover food of bread and wine. It's a way for us to physically eat and drink and thus receive the gift of His Body and Blood which He gives.
What do we do with it? Eat it and drink it. In this way, we know it is ours. Christ, whose very flesh and blood are under the bread and wine, now dwells in us. It's a sacramental joining, a mysterious union by which we can be certain that this gift is real and truly gives what He says it does.
The same Jesus who died on the Cross as the Lamb of God who takes way the sin of the world forgives your sins by this special gift of His Body and Blood for you to eat and drink. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Yet is God here? Oh, yes! By Word and promise clear, In mouth and soul He makes us whole--Christ, truly present in this meal, O taste and see- the Lord is real. ("What Is This Bread" LSB 629, st. 4)
-Rev. Mark Buetow is the pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in McHenry, Illinois.
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