Posts tagged “Real Presence

The flesh and blood of the incarnated Jesus

Posted on May 30th, 2017

Here are some excerpts from the first two centuries of the Christian Church on the bodily presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper: Ignatius [AD 30-107] If Jesus Christ shall graciously permit me through your prayers, and if it be His will, I shall, in a second little work which I will write to you, make further manifest to you [the nature of] the dispensation of which I have begun [to treat], with respect to the new man, Jesus Christ, in His faith and in His love, in His suffering and in His resurrection. Especially [will I do this] if the Lord make known to me that ye come together man by man in common through grace, individually, in one faith, and in Jesus Christ,…

All of You This Night Will Stumble: Sermon for Holy Thursday 2011

Posted on April 21st, 2011

N.b. I did something unusual for me, in preaching on a Bible verse not read in the service (Mt. 26:31). It’s part of the Passion readings of Matthew and Mark. I used it to bring our observance of Lent to a conclusion and clarify some of my own struggles during this season, leading from there to particular thoughts on the Sacrament of the Altar inspired by Luther’s famous saying, “This Sacrament is the gospel.” The institution of of the Lord’s Supper is a major theme of this holy day. “All of you this night will be made to stumble because of Me,” Jesus said to His disciples on the night He was betrayed. These words are prophetic, and they are about the Twelve; Jesus…