Monday, April 10, 2017
1st Corinthians 11:23-26: For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Please pray with me. Father God, thank You for sending Jesus into our lives. Send Your Holy Spirit to inspire and motivate our actions so that we proclaim Jesus. We pray this in Jesus' name. And all God's children say...
This is Holy Week. It is the celebration of the final week of Jesus' life prior to Easter. The first of the celebrations is Maundy, or Mandate, Thursday. It is based upon the "New Covenant" that Jesus established in His body and blood. Jesus reoriented the Old Covenant, the sacrifices and the Passover Meal, and centered it directly on Jesus. And these are the words of Jesus that St. Paul is quoting. And St. Paul also shares that when we partake of the body/bread and blood/wine of Holy Communion, we proclaim, or tell boldly, of Jesus' death. And it is through the shedding of His blood and the giving up of His body that we have the forgiveness of our sins.
And owe do it until Jesus returns. We, when we receive His body and blood, tell the world what Jesus did and that we believe and know in what He did. And our actions tell about Him until the end of the world. And that is when Jesus will return. His return is the beginning of eternity.
So come and join us. Come and proclaim Jesus by means of your reception of the body and blood of Jesus that is in and with the bread and wine until He comes again.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.