Crumbs
August 4, 2020
297. Week of Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity - Tuesday
Lord’s Supper - Take, eat! Drink ye all of it.
          Take, eat! Drink ye all of it.   Mathew 26:26,27
          The Lord's Supper is the true body and the true blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, under the bread and wine, for us Christians to eat and to drink, instituted by Christ Himself. This is God's Word and the doctrine taught by Luther. But to prevent gross misunderstanding and malicious misrepresentation, it is well to show briefly what kind of eating and drinking takes place in the Holy Supper. - Bread and wine are taken in a natural way, that is to say, in the same way in which we commonly receive food and drink. Together with this natural eating and drinking of the bread and wine with the mouth, we also eat and drink the body and blood of the Lord in a sacramental manner. What does this mean? It means that together with the bread and wine we receive the body and blood of Christ in a supernatural manner, in a manner wholly incomprehensible to human reason, in a way past finding out, in a manner such as takes place in this Sacrament only. Do not seek to fathom and to comprehend this, my dear Christian; for you will not succeed. Simply believe that together with the bread and wine you receive the body and blood of Christ, not in a natural manner, like the bread and the wine, but in a sacramental, mysterious manner. And to get the real benefit of this, you must observe a spiritual eating in the Holy Supper. What does this mean? It means that you must know and believe through the Holy Spirit that with the bread and wine your dear Saviour offers to you His body which was given for you, and His blood which was shed for you, in order to give you forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, true God and man, glorified and exalted Saviour, who in a way past finding out for us fills all things, grant me grace to firmly believe that with the bread and wine in the Holy Supper You give to me that precious ransom with which You have purchased me; a poor sinner, namely, Your body crucified, and Your blood shed for me. Grant that I may receive it in true faith, glory in it, comfort myself with it, and boast of it in the face of sin, death, and the Last Judgment. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 4, 2020