Communion Power of Communion Recognizing Jesus Real Presence in the Lords Supper Memorization Verses:Certainly not just eating and drinking do Sacrament. Whoever believes these words hasthese things, but the words written here: exactly what they say: "forgiveness of sins.""Given and shed for you for the forgivenessof sins." These words, along with the bodilyeating and drinking, are the main thing in the
LSB 634 His very blood for sinners shed.http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/d/e/a/de 5 We dare not ask how this can be,atjcol.htm But simply hold the mystery1 The death of Jesus Christ, our Lord, And trust this word where life begins;We celebrate with one accord; "Given and shed for all your sins."It is our comfort in distress, 6 They who this word do not believe,Our hearts sweet joy and happiness. This food unworthily receive,2 He blotted out with His own blood Salvation here will never find--The judgment that against us stood; May we this warning keep in mind!For us He full atonement made, 7 But blest is each believing guestAnd all our debt He fully paid. Who in these promises finds rest;3 That this forever true shall be For Jesus shall in love remainHe gives a solemn guarantee: With all who here His grace obtain.In this His holy Supper here 8 Help us sincerely to believeWe taste His love so sweet, so near. That we may worthily receive4 His Word proclaims and we believe. Your Supper and in You find rest.That in this Supper we receive Amen! They who believe are blest.His very body, as He said,
Pray: 23 Yet he gave a command 29 They ate till they were PRAYER to the skies above gorged— and opened the doors of the he had given them what they• Given and heavens; craved. 24 he rained down manna for the 30 But before they turned fromshed people to eat, what they craved,• Words together he gave them the grain of even while the food was still heaven. in their mouths,• Forgiveness, 25 Human beings ate the bread of … 38 Yet he was merciful;Life, Salvation angels; he sent them all the food they he forgave their iniquities• Righteousness could eat. and did not destroy them.• Blessing 26 He let loose the east wind Time after time he restrained his anger from the heavensP raise and by his power made the and did not stir up his fullR epentance south wind blow. wrath. 39 He remembered that theyA ppreciation 27 He rained meat down on them were but flesh,Y ou like dust, a passing breeze that does not birds like sand on theE veryone seashore. return.R esolve 28 He made them come down inside their camp, all around their tents.
LSB 621 Let all mortal flesh keep silence 2 King of kings yet born of Mary, As of old on earth He stood, Lord of lords, in human vesture, In the body and the blood, He will give to all the faithful His own self for heavnly food.
“Where is God? Where is He?” someone behindme asked. ..For more than half an hour the child in the noosestayed there, struggling between life and death,dying in slow agony under our eyes. And we hadto look him full in the face. He was still alivewhen I passed in front of him. His tongue was stillred, his eyes were not yet glazed.Behind me, I heard the same man asking:“Where is God now?”And I heard a voice within me answer him:“Where is He? Here He is—He is hanging here onthis gallows. . . .”
The world, other religions, and the evil reality of pain, suffering, despair, grief and the Accuser himself want to remind us that: Rituals mean nothing, they are merely symbols that can snap in two in the storm Our faith is wishful thinking, or worship but a pipe dream Our actions are fruitless, our efforts are without merit We are hypocritical, irrational, blind, boring, simple, arrogant, bigoted, unprofitable, inefficient, and insulting. Why, then does God “remember” us in Communion: a simple meal of bread and wine?...what power exists?
God participates in our communion with Him by: Bringing the “body of Christ” together with a meal to have fellowship with the “body of Christ” as we are actively bringing to remembrance the reality of the “body of Christ”. ….Huh? God‟s sharing of Himself is not contingent on time/space. His history is not our history, his time/space, not ours. Therefore all three truths co- exist: 1. “so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Rom. 12:5 (1 Cor. 10:17) 2. “is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?” 1 Cor. 10:16 3. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”
The power of Communion resides in the following: 1. Bringing about an active redemption to individuals who are resurrected spiritual (cross/conversion) and physically (last day) because of Christ‟s own death and victory. 2. Bringing broken and cantankerous people together, despite diversities and cultural practices, customs and languages, politics and education, to a cohesive whole in the supper. 3. The bringing to active remembrance that God does hear his people, that he loves them, and has already secured salvation for them.
The Hebrew mind is different than the western mind Right “thinking” vs. Right “action”
To the Jewish mind, the understanding of God is not achieved by referring to a Greek way to timeless qualities of Supreme Being, to ideas of goodness and perfection, but rather by sensing the living acts of His concern, to His dynamic attentiveness to man. We speak not of His goodness in general but of His compassion for the individual man in a particular situation"
To try to distill the Bible, which is bursting with life, drama, and tension, to a series of principles would be like trying to reduce a living person to a diagram
"For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard." (Psalm 22:24) "The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee." (Psalm 9:9-10) "I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;" (Psalm 31:7) "Who remembered us in our lowly state, For His mercy endures forever;" (Psalm 136:23)
To Remember (zakar) is not an intellectual or theoretical pursuit, nor is it a separate event from its source (that which you are remembering), instead: To remember is to bring to completion To remember is to keep it existing To remember is to continue the reality of it (one event, continual benefits and atmosphere) To remember is to DO SOMETHING (living for the event or to keep it mind while working everyday). Just as God remembers the Israelites continually in the midst of suffering, in protection from the angel of death, in the proclamation of true living and right teaching, So also, we remember Him in the Lord‟s supper continually: Proclaiming the reality of Christ‟s death once for sins Recognizing the Body of Christ which is both for us, in us, and is us The active unity and doing of true living and right teaching
This can be especially important to us as recovering alcoholics. We have felt in the past,and sometimes even now, estranged from the fellowship of believers, and of our local churches.Perhaps we feel especially unworthy of that fellowship. Perhaps some of our more manifest pastsins involved other church members or hurt them (for which we may owe some future amends).Or perhaps we can not help comparing our lack of Christian life with someone else‟s obviouslyexemplary life and character—with the result that we become filled with self-hatred and loathing,and begin to be plagued by an accusing conscience.It is just then that we must realize that communion is open to all who confess theirpenitence and in faith look for the assurance of the forgiveness of their sins that is here offered.God does not open Holy Communion up to only those who have reached a certain level ofsanctified life. He says, “Take, drink, ye all..”, yes, all of you! Come! God does not „grade‟sinfulness (as you and I sometimes do). Very few of us could say that we ever felt “better” thanthose “others” who come to the Lord‟s Table. Rather, we have felt that we were the “worst” whocame (if we did come) because we could not lick our alcoholism and kept repeating the samesinful behaviors over and over, and over again. But we must remember that all come forforgiveness. All are equally in need in God‟s sight. All come for the same assurance and thestrengthening necessary to fight against sin (which is indeed the “disease” that infects us all)
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•How can bodily eating and drinking do such great things? •How can forgiveness, life, and salvation be obtained through the bodily eating and drinking? •Does everyone who eats and drinks the Sacrament also receive forgiveness, life, and salvation?•______________________________ SS Given and shed Say Mean Matter M Words together T Forgiveness, Life, Salvation Key phrases Own words Answer the W Righteousness questions/ Personal Th Blessing application
Certainly not just eating and drinking do these things, but the words written here: "Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins." These words, along with the bodily eating and drinking, are the main thing in the Sacrament. Whoever believes these words has exactly what they say: "forgiveness of sins." •
Not simply the eating and drinking, mysteries in our holy religion, to but the words of Christ together with exercise our faith, and raise our His body and blood under the bread profoundest adoration of Your divine and wine are the way through which majesty. You did not ordain them to these blessings are given. encourage a bold arrogance in us to "We do not claim this of bread and search into the depths of Your wine-since in itself bread is bread-but incomprehensible nature. Your of that bread and wine which are presence in the elements of the bread Christs body and blood and with and wine, by the influences of Your which the words are coupled. These Spirit, and by the application of Your and no other, we say, are the treasure merits to the soul of the truly through which forgiveness is penitent, shall be sufficient for me to obtained" (Large Catechism V 28). adore Your love, to revere Your Sacrament, and come to Your table. Christs words of promise have put O blessed Jesus, I beg the assistance these gifts into the Sacrament, and of Your grace, and a happy the believer receives them there communion between You and my through faith. soul. Amen. (Johann Gerhard, 1582- • 1637). Pray: O Lord, You ordained
Forgiveness, life, and salvation are truly offered to all who eat the Lords body and blood in the Sacrament, but only through faith can we receive the blessings offered there. Luke 1:45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished. Luke 11:27-28 "Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you." He replied: "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it." •
Note: To "keep" or "obey" Gods Word of promise is to believe or trust it. "For in the Gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith" (Rom. 1:17). 1 Cor. 10:3-5 They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert. •
Bible narrative: There was a blessing in touching Jesus or being touched by Him, and faith received it (Matt. 9:20-22, 27- 29). • Pray: I thank You, Lord God Almighty, for the wondrous gift which You bestow on me in the Holy Supper. And I beg Your mercy that You would cause it to strengthen my faith toward You, to make me abound more and more in true holiness and in fervent love toward my neighbor: through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen. (Zorn).
LSB 623 Rejoicing in our unity, Proclaim Your love until You come 1 Lord Jesus Christ, we humbly pray To bring Your scattered loved ones That we may feast on You today; home. Beneath these forms of bread and wine 5 Lord Jesus Christ, we humbly pray: Enrich us with Your grace divine. O keep us steadfast till that day 2 Give us, who share this wondrous When each may be Your welcomed food, guest Your body broken and Your blood, In heavens high and holy feast. The grateful peace of sins forgivn, The certain joys of heirs of heavn. 3 By faith Your Word has made us bold To seize the gift of love retold; All that You are we here receive, And all we are to You we give. 4 One bread, one cup, one body, we,
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