The Mustard Seed
by Pastor Ron Friedrich
"What do you feel when you say the words that change
the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ?"
I don't make the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ -- Christ does. When you eat a meal at a restaurant, that meal comes from the hands of two people -- the cook and the waiter. One makes the meal, and the other serves it. As the officiant for the Lord's Supper, I am only the "waiter," the one who serves the meal. Christ is the One who has made the meal.
When does He do it? He did it 2000 years ago, when He established this sacrament, when He said, "Take and eat; this is My body... Drink this; it is My blood of the covenant which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins." My recitation of that story is not an incantation which works magic on the bread and wine. Rather, I am simply reporting the miracle that Christ has already done in this sacrament.
We understand that the bread and wine in the Lord's Supper are still real bread and wine. In that respect, they don't change. But by Christ's Words which He spoke 2000 years ago, He offers us His true body and blood with the bread and wine, as He clearly said.
Yes, it is an awesome privilege to say Christ's words which have made this meal a sacrament of His body and blood that offers His forgiveness. But for me it is a greater thrill to receive His Body and Blood through which He forgives my sins... just as He does for you.
The Bible says, "When you eat the bread and drink the cup, you are announcing the Lord's death until he comes again." (1 Corinthians 11.26 NIrV) The Lord's Supper is like a bridge through time that takes us back to our Lord's suffering and death on the cross, where He paid our debt of sin, released us from Satan's claim of ownership, and opened heaven for us.
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