August 9, 2022     2:33 pm
19. Third Week in Advent - Thursday
Lord’s Supper
          And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to His disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is my body." Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink ye all of it; for this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins".   Mathew 26:26-28
          In this way the Lord's Supper was instituted, which Christians are to continue celebrating until the coming of the Lord Jesus. For the Holy Spirit says through Paul the Apostle: "As often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you show the Lord's death till He come," 1Cor.11:26. Just as in the Word, and in Baptism, and in Confession, so our Lord Jesus comes to us in Holy Communion, giving us His salvation, which is forgiveness of sin, life, and eternal salvation. How clearly do we behold particularly in the Lord's Supper that our dear Saviour, though unseen, yet bodily and truly, communes with us in this sad world. In Holy Communion, under the bread and wine, He gives us His body and His blood, the body which was given into death for us, the blood which was shed for us for the forgiveness of sins. He gives us His body and His blood that it may be for us the most solemn and trustworthy pledge of the free forgiveness of our sins, and of life and eternal salvation. Could He do more to prove His loving-kindness and gracious condescension? How eagerly, therefore, ought we poor, but highly favoured sinners hasten to receive Him who so kindly visits us, and bestows such gracious gifts upon us!
          PRAYER: - Truly, my dear Lord Jesus, You do not leave me to myself here below. You visit me, and in the most wondrous way give Yourself wholly to me, that I, poor sinner, might be saved through You. You lavish Your grace upon me. For food and drink to eternal life You give me Your body and Your blood. You wish me to be utterly firm in faith, and confident that You will surely save me. Why should I stand back, or even stand at a distance, when You so kindly beckon and call? Through Your Holy Spirit draw me to accept Your great mercy. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     2:33 pm