Communion Benefit of Communion Recognizing Jesus Real Presence in the Lords Supper Memorization Verses:"Given and shed for you for the For where there is forgiveness offorgiveness of sins.” sins, there is also life and salvation.
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Communion GiftsThink of all thecommunion –like giftsfrom God throughout thescriptures.What did they mean tothe people in context?
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•What is the benefit of this eating and drinking? •What is the benefit offered in this sacrament?•______________________________ SS Shed for you M Forgiveness T Life and Salvation W Victory and Strength Th Confession and Unity Say Mean Matter Key phrases Own words Answer the questions/ Personal application
Or how about this, "Business might be slow. I might have lost my biggest account but I know Im not buried, Im planted. I know Gods got another victory in my future. I know my best days are still out in front of me.“ When youre in tough times and everything that could go wrong does, youve got to dig your heels in and say "This attack was meant to destroy me but ive got inside information that it cannot bury me. Its only planting me. And Im not only going to come out, Im gonna come out like Job - with twice what I had before.
The scripture talks about in James how we should wait for Gods promises like a farmer waits for his harvest. Ive never seen a farmer plant a crop, then worry night and day if its gonna come up. He doesnt lose sleep at night and say, "Please pray that my corns gonna take root. Please pray that Im gonna have a harvest." No. He waits with a knowing, with a confidence. In fact he doesnt neccessarily hope that it happens, he doesnt even have to believe that it will happen; He takes it one step further - he knows that his harvest is on its way. Hes seen it happen time and time again. Somebody asks you, "You still think youre gonna get out of debt with the economy being as bad as it is?" Tell him, "I dont think so. I know so. Its just a matter of time."
But we, as recovering alcoholics, are stillprone to the “I-am-Unique” syndrome thatmany of us felt when we were drinking. Wemay be even more prone to it now as we lookaround church at our fellow believers. Afterall, we are/were the most miserable sinner(s) inthis congregation, weren‟t we? Our past sinswere much larger than their petty sins couldever be, aren‟t they? After all, Lord, we“wallowed in alcoholism” and all the sins thatcame with it, didn‟t we? Weren‟t we theunfaithful spouses, the bad parents, the grossliars, cheaters and thieves? And on top of all ofthat, some of us did all that while loudlyprofessing to be “good Christians” didn‟t we?Can we really expect equal forgiveness for allthat, Lord? I mean, we know that you forgivethe „regular sinners‟, but us, Lord??
These words, "Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins," show us that in the Sacrament forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are given us through these words. For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation. •
“No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.” Albert Einstein The Lord‟s Supper resonates with the human soul because: It is a simple meal between friends It is a sacrificial meal that underscores a promise fulfilled It is a physical meal that brings to us the natural designer of both body and soul (as opposed to other “naturals”)
“He who hears you hears Me” - Jesus The Eucharist, and all the descriptive and prescriptive sacraments throughout scripture bring to active remembrance in us Christ‟s true presence Active bodily through elements and words Active spiritually through love and faith
“This is my body given for you; 1. Didomenon: do this in remembrance of me.” giving to you from one‟s authority to swma mou to uper um wn didomenon 2. eu)logeÑw That which you set apart and Therefore, my beloved, flee praised. Allowed to bring forth and from idolatry. I speak as to wise prosper men; you judge what I say. Is not the cup of blessing which 3. Koinwnia we bless a sharing in the blood Intimate coupling of Christ? Is not the bread Becoming one flesh, as in which we break a sharing in the intercourse body of Christ? 17 Since there is Intimately, spiritually, and one bread, we who are many are physically united. one body; for we all partake of Context: How to exist in the world the one bread. while being loyal to the Supper (which binds us to the church and to Christ) and not be accused of idolatry ourselves.
Christ sees all of the guilt we rack up daily. Understanding we are utterly cut off and in rebellion because of a corrupt nature. Our sin is like a cancer that boils into violence and destruction Christ KNOWS how to forgive, DOES the forgiving, and brings that forgiveness like a blood transfusion.
A. The chief blessing of the 1 John 1:7 The blood of Jesus, His Sacrament is the forgiveness of sins Son, purifies us from all sin. which Christs body and blood have •Pray: O my God, though I am a won for us on the cross. (The Lords sinner, yet I am not a sinner. On my Supper is a means of grace.) own and apart from Christ, I am a Matt. 26:28 This is My blood of the sinner. But in my Lord Jesus Christ covenant, which is poured out for many and apart from me, I am no sinner. I for the forgiveness of sins. firmly believe that He has destroyed 1 Peter 1:18-19 You know that it was all my ins with His precious blood. not with perishable things such as silver To show this, I am baptized, cleansed or gold that you were redeemed from by God’s Word, and declared the empty way of life handed down to absolved and freed from all my sins. you from your forefathers, but with the In the Sacrament of the true body precious blood of Christ, a lamb and blood of my Lord Jesus Christ I without blemish or defect. have received the forgiveness of sins as a sure sign of grace. This He has Col. 1:22 He has reconciled you by merited, won, and accomplished for Christs physical body through death to me by the shedding of His precious present you holy in His sight, without blood. For this I thank Him in blemish and free from accusation. eternity. Amen. (Luther).
Michael and Cheryl are married for 24 years. Michael has been fighting kidney disease for 30. Kidney failure was inevitable, and Michael was dying. Cheryl is tested for 3 weeks. Doctors discover a perfect match between them. The odds: 1 in 30,000. Christ unites with us. Comes down to us. Transplants us. By His body By His blood A perfect and unique match This unity is a new organ, a heart of flesh, that longs for forgiveness, repentance, righteousness and peace with neighbor. His blood creates this new heart in us. We are His bride whom He loves.
B. Together with forgiveness, God Rom. 8:31-32 If God is for us, who can gives all other blessings as well, that be against us? He who did not spare His is, "life and salvation." own Son, but gave Him up for us all- "We must never regard the how will He not also, along with sacrament as a harmful thing from Him, graciously give us all things? which we should flee, but as a • pure, wholesome, soothing medicine Pray: Lord Jesus, I thank You that which aids and quickens us in both in the words of institution You have soul and body. For where the soul is clearly and unmistakably stated what healed, the body has benefited also" You desire to give me in the Holy (Large Catechism V 68). Supper, namely, forgiveness of "We are talking about the presence sins, life, and salvation. O my dear of the living Christ, knowing that Savior, grant me Your Holy death no longer has dominion over Spirit, that I may fasted my eyes Him [Rom. 6:9] (Apology X 4). upon these Your words, gathering Rom. 6:8-9 If we died with Christ, we comfort there in true faith, and so believe that we will also live with Him. obtain blessing that lasts through all For we know that since Christ raised eternity by partaking of Your Holy from the dead, He cannot die again; Supper. Amen. (Zorn). death no longer has mastery over Him.
Tolkien beautifully illustrates the Threefold office of Christ Gandalf: The prophet who declares an end to death and sacrificing for his friends Frodo: The Priest and sin bearer of humble origins who endures evil and pain for his friends Aragon: The King who rules fairly from both humanity and divinity, and with the unity of authority between the prophet and priest
How could it be said that bread and wine accomplish victory? It is common; of those who are starving and afflicted. Of those who are defeated. Of those who drink from a sponge Within a simple meal, the omnipotence of God is intimately revealed to us IN SUFFERING This suffering covenant speaks directly to a grieving soul, empowering precisely in its weakness Identifying with our plight while redeeming us from it. Eating with the Sacrificial Lamb
C. In the Sacrament Christ gives victory over sin and hell and strength for the new life in Him. Rom. 8:10 If Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. 1 Peter 2:24 He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed. •
“For MY sins. For MY sins.” He sounded like he was being given a precious gift. The joy in his voice rivaled the joy of any child I‟ve ever seen on Christmas morning. This man, in simple childlike faith actually believed the words spoken by the Pastor. But they were not the Pastor‟s words. They were Christ‟s words. They were words of forgiveness. They were words of good news. That night this young man with the faith of a child believed the words of Christ and as a result he tasted the forgiveness of HIS sins.
Christ bids us by His confession; a simple, child-like confession for which we proclaim in our own examination and partaking He becomes a child for us. Knowing our weaknesses and difficulties of understanding We unite with Christ and one another, bended knee, in front of an exposed and available altar that merely foreshadows the real altar in Heaven Whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, we do it to the glory of God and in service to neighbor. The supper is meant to be shared with all who are elected and called. Proclaim its importance however you can!
D. As Christians partake of this sacrament Pray: Lord Jesus Christ, eternal Son of together, they make a solemn public God, I am not worthy to open my lips and confession of Christ and of unity in the receive the most precious sacrament of truth of His Gospel. Your body and blood. For I am a sin- 1 Cor. 10:17 Because there is one loaf, we, stained man, but You are the Lord whom who are many, are one body, for we all the heavens cannot encompass. How then partake of the one loaf. can a human being who is but dust and ashes be worthy to receive Your most holy 1 Cor. 11:26 Whenever you eat this bread body and precious blood! I well know and and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lords acknowledge that my sins are many and death until He comes. that for that reason I am an unworthy Note: See also Heb. 12:22-24: But you have guest at Your table. But I also sincerely come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living believe and confess with my lips that by God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come Your grace You can render me worthy. to thousands upon thousands of angels in You can transform sinners into true and joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the holy men, when by Your grace You forgive firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. sin and renew us with Your Holy Spirit. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to Grant me grace, that I may worthily the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 to approach Your altar. May I not become Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to guilty of Your body and blood by the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word unworthy eating and drinking and receive than the blood of Abel. death in place of life. Amen. (Johann Habermann, 1516-90).
It is for precisely this reason, and at this time that Jesus comes to us with hisLord‟s Supper. We—just as other „regular sinners‟ can and do becomeoppressed and depressed as we each, in our own way, view our past lives ofsin. We all can, and sometimes do, doubt that God can forgive us, . . .everyone else, yes, of course, but not us, especially not me. Then Jesuscomes to us, much as He did with His disciple Thomas. Thomas needed tosee, touch, taste, handle, to believe that Christ had arisen. He had beenshaken very deeply by the crucifixion. And we too, as with all otherbelievers—when we are shaken to the point of doubting God‟s love andforgiveness by the magnitude of our past sinful lives, we, too, need tosee, hear, touch, taste and handle, just as he did. We too need thattangible, visible, able-to-be-sensed- by-our-senses assurance that we aretruly and in fact, forgiven. And we alcoholics especially, who so often are soeasily reminded of what we have done, lost, or thrown away because of ourdrinking—we perhaps more than any
LSB 642 3 You gave me all I wanted; 1 O Living Bread from heaven, This food can death destroy. How well You feed Your guest! And You have freely granted The gifts that You have given The cup of endless joy. Have filled my heart with rest. My Lord, I do not merit Oh, wondrous food of blessing, The favor You have shown, Oh, cup that heals our woes! And all my soul and spirit My heart, this gift possessing, Bow down before Your throne. With praises overflows. 4 Lord, grant me then, thus 2 My Lord, You herehave led me strengthened To this most holy place With heavnly food, while here And with Yourself have fed me My course on earth is lengthened, The treasures of Your grace; To serve with holy fear. For You have freely given And when You call my spirit What earth could never buy, To leave this world below, The bread of life from heaven, I enter, through Your merit, That now I shall not die. Where joys unmingled flow.
These words, "Given and shed for you for Catechism V 68).the forgiveness of sins," show us that in the "We are talking about the presence of theSacrament forgiveness of sins, life, and living Christ, knowing that death no longersalvation are given us through these words. has dominion over Him [Rom. 6:9]For where there is forgiveness of sins, there (Apology X 4).is also life and salvation. C. In the Sacrament Christ gives victoryA. The chief blessing of the Sacrament is over sin and hell and strength for the newthe forgiveness of sins which Christs body life in Him.and blood have won for us on the cross. D. As Christians partake of this sacrament(The Lords Supper is a means of grace.) together, they make a solemn publicB. Together with forgiveness, God gives all confession of Christ and of unity in theother blessings as well, that is, "life and truth of His Gospel.salvation." •"We must never regard the sacrament as aharmful thing from which we should flee,but as a pure, wholesome, soothingmedicine which aids and quickens us inboth soul and body. For where the soul ishealed, the body has benefited also" (Large