August 9, 2022     3:33 pm
302. Week of Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity - Sunday
Lord’s Supper - Let a man examine himself
          Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup. For he that eats and drinks unworthily, eats and drinks damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.   1Corinthians 11:28,29
          Do you note this earnest admonition of the Holy Spirit? You must examine yourself to see whether you are worthy to receive the body and the blood of Christ under the consecrated bread and wine for the remission of sins. Who is worthy to do this? Fasting and bodily preparation, appearing with due modesty and reverence at the Lord's Table, this is indeed, a fine outward training and a praiseworthy custom; but they are nothing but outward acts which even a hypocrite may perform. The right and true, in fact, the only worthiness consists in believing these words: "Given and shed for you for the remission of sins." If you approach the Lord's Table regarding yourself a forlorn sinner, seeking forgiveness through Jesus Christ, and if then you rely upon the words: "Given and shed for you for the remission of sins," you are worthy and well prepared. But he that does not believe these words, or doubts them, is unworthy and unprepared. For when God out of great mercy gives us the body and blood of Christ and says: "For you!" namely, for the remission of sins, He wants us to believe this with a glad and grateful heart. Thus you see that partaking of the Lord's Supper worthily is not effected by any external preparation, nor by thinking pious thoughts or by doing various deeds of your own choice or making. Thank God that it is not so. But if you come as a poor, miserable sinner who heartily desires to obtain salvation through Christ, which salvation is offered in the Lord's Supper, then you are acceptable with God, the Merciful. Examine yourself with regard to this.
          PRAYER: - O Lord Jesus, You do not call saints, but sinners, to the Supper which Your grace has provided, but those sinners who rely upon Your gracious Word. Grant me grace to always approach Your Table as a poor sinner, hungering after grace and trusting Your Word which promises grace, and to receive the forgiveness offered me therein with a believing heart. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 9, 2022     3:33 pm