What is actually happening when people receive Lord’s Supper?
You can’t see much. It may only look like some reverent people getting a morsel of bread and a sip of wine. But what is really going on is a personal encounter with the risen Christ, their Savior from sin. Through the mystery and miracle of the sacrament, they are receiving the body of Christ; through faith they then become part of the body of Christ, i.e., the great union of all believers past, present, and future.
That personal encounter was instituted by Christ, guaranteed by Christ, and explained by Christ: “Take and eat; this is my body. . . . Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:26-28). The Meal guarantees people’s forgiveness before God because the Meal is the very price of their salvation. The body you receive was nailed to the cross for you. The blood you receive came out of his body for you.
The message behind Lord’s Supper is the same message brought by the spoken gospel of Christ: you are loved, you are forgiven, you are empowered to live a new life. What the Supper does is make that message personal. You cannot possibly mistake whom God means with that love, forgiveness, and power because the Meal is in your mouth.
Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.
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