I have found myself contemplating the Lord’s Supper quite frequently as of late, and have been doing more than a little reading on the subject. From the Book of Concord to Pieper (Christian Dogmatics) to Luther’s Small Catechism, there are so many places to pursue information about the wonders of Communion. Yet, in the end, it comes down to the institution of simplest of words to the meal which give the strength of faith and the hope of life eternal, and most important part of all, the forgiveness of sins:
“Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said: ‘Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.’
In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sings. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.'”
Christ gives us forgiveness, life, and salvation in His Supper. The whole of the services on Sunday lead to this one point in the liturgy. It is the focal point of the Divine Service, the critical mass, when we approach the Lord’s table in faith, kneel before Him, and receive into our mouths His Body and His Blood in the bread and wine. We do not make the action come about, the Pastor does not instill the elements with Christ on his own, but in that moment, the Words of Christ bring Him to us in the Sacrament, and we receive Him and all that His gives to us. Christ comes to us. Amen, and amen.