Thursday, March 20, 2008

Why I Am a Lutheran, Chapter 5 Mount Zion and the Sacraments (Incarnation)--Daniel Preus

“Therefore, the Lord’s Supper is an affirmation of the incarnation of the Son of God. As we receive Jesus’ body and blood, we confess our belief in the incarnation. Every time we receive the Lord’s Supper, we confess what the apostle John proclaims in the first chapter of his Gospel: ‘The Word became flesh and dwelt among us’ (John 1:14). Every time we receive the Lord’s Supper we celebrate Christmas. Every time we receive the Lord’s Supper, we say amen to the angel’s announcement: ‘Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord’ (Luke 2:11). Every time we receive the Lord’s Supper, we eat the true body of Him who was gently carried in the arms of Mary, who was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. Thus in our eating and drinking, we confess that God the Son became a man to save us, and every celebration of Holy Communion is a celebration of Christmas. As children of God, we are excited and joyful to receive the eternal gifts of this Meal. Unlike Christmas presents, this Supper has no batteries to die, parts to break, or sleeves to outgrow

…To be saved, God must come to us, which He does in the incarnation. Therefore, Jesus with His body and blood is the one at the center of the Sacrament. It is not about our piety, our love, our dedication, or our commitment. It is about Jesus and His love, His dedication, and His commitment to us.”

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