Mark 14:22–25 (ESV)
Institution of the Lord’s Supper
22 And as they
were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 24 And he said to them, “This
is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
reading is on the Lord’s Supper, or also known as Communion or Eucharist. This is a topic that separates Lutherans from many other denominations. Many denominations believe that communion has symbolic meaning, in that the bread and wine (or
grape juice) symbolizes the body and blood of Christ. Lutherans ask the question, where does scripture say that it symbolizes or represents the body and blood. If you look at the scriptures, all accounts point to Jesus saying “take eat, this
is my body” and “take drink, this is my blood”. The wording is always the same... no mentioning of symbolic, resembles, or represents... yet Jesus said it “is”. Lutheran’s take Jesus word on it and we believe
that the bread is still bread and the wine is still wine, but the “real presence” of the body and blood is in the bread and wine. We don’t try to explain how or why, but we simply take Jesus’s own words. This IS my body
and this Is my blood. This theology separates us from many others. Now some may say how can it be body and blood? Well, we believe that Jesus healed the blind, deaf, and dumb, cast out demons, raised the dead, healed many diseases, walked
on water, calmed storms, and rose from the dead. We have no problems with accepting these miracles... and neither do we have a problem accepting Jesus saying “this is my body” and “this is my blood”. He is God, the creator
of the world. As for the wine... Jesus served wine because grape juice would quickly spoiled. At that time, they did not have outlets to plug in their refrigerators.
I pray: O Lord, I give
thanks that you still come to us in the Lord’s Supper. You come to us in a very tangible way, through the bread and wine. The real presence of Christ found in the bread and wine brings the forgiveness of sins. We give thanks for this
precious gift. Amen.