February 22, 2024     3:59 pm
295. Week of Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity - Sunday
Lord’s Supper - Real Presence
          This is my body. . . . This is my blood.   Mathew 26:26,28
          God in His Word has revealed to us the things that are necessary for our salvation. If we do not rest upon this Word alone and completely, but permit our reason to interfere, then we shall surely err and do all manner of foolish things. Thus it came about that the Reformed Church, with all its various and variously named branches, says that in the Lord's Supper we do not receive the body and blood of Christ, but only bread and wine, and that bread and wine "represent" the body and blood of Christ, and are mere "figures," or "images," of Christ's body and blood. Why twist the words of Christ, and tamper with their plain meaning? Christ's words are plain, very plain, and every child can understand them: "This is my body"; this is my blood." And Christ says that He gives us that body which was given for us, and that blood which was shed for us. And the Apostle says by inspiration of the Holy Spirit: "The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ" (1 Cor. 10:16) And he also says: "Whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord." (1Cor. 11:27) Indeed, in the Lord's Supper Christ gives us His body with the bread and His blood with the cup. In place of the Sacrament of the Passover in the Old Covenant He has in the New Testament instituted the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, where instead of the flesh and blood of the paschal lamb, which was but a type and figure of the coming Christ, He now, under the bread and wine, gives us the flesh and blood of the true Lamb of the Passover, namely, His own. This is what His words really say. And who, merely to satisfy his reason, dares to undermine the words of the divine institution of a Sacrament and the words of the Saviour's divine testament.
          PRAYER: - Lord, True, Almighty, and All-wise, help me to accept and believe all Your words just as they plainly read, also those of Your Holy Supper. Guard me against the meddlesomeness and the objections of my depraved reason, lest my faith be wrecked! Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
February 22, 2024     3:59 pm