Monday, April 12, 2010

"Oh Man!" Moments

Well, I preached a sermon yesterday on the peace of God. That was a good thing. However, I had two "Oh man!" moments during the course of yesterday.

The first was a pleasant surprise. During the 8:00am service yesterday while I was about 3/4 of the way through preaching my sermon, I spied my fieldwork pastor from Fort Wayne in the congregation. It caused my first "Oh man!" moment and I proceeded to lose my train of thought and become completely self-conscious. I lost my place on my manuscript, and once I found it my brain was on auto pilot for the rest of the sermon. It was nerve wracking. No one said they noticed, but I like to think they are just being nice to the vicar. :) Nevertheless, it was a pleasant surprise to see him there and briefly chat with him after the service.

The second was not so pleasant. I received a phone call last night about one of the people I have in bible class. It was delivered secondhand to me that this person would not be returning to bible class because what I taught and the way I taught were too difficult to understand. "Oh man," right? That was disheartening, since one of the few "ability" qualifications Paul gives for pastors is that they are "able to teach".

+Lord have mercy, on me+

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Unity in the Supper

In the Treasury of Daily Prayer, C.F.W. Walther has an excellent writing concerning the Lord's Supper. If you have the Treasury, I would highly suggest this.

C.F.W. Walther tells us that when we gather to receive the Lord's body and blood in the Supper, there is none greater than another. All are sinners hungering and thirsting for righteousness, desiring to be relieved of the guilt of sin. It reminds me also of Paul's passage from Galatians 3,
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
So not only at the Lord's Supper is there no distinction between those who come to Christ, but also in Baptism. We are all sinners covered by the robe of Christ's righteousness. There is none greater than another.

Which reminds me also of another passage from John 19,
Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. (emphasis added)
This Jesus Christ was for all men. Holy Writ has set in many languages that the Word of God, God made flesh, our Savior Jesus Christ is for all mankind. He is not simply for the Jews. He is not simply for the Greeks. He is for the world. The sacrifice that He made for the sins of all men was given so that we might be joined to the cross and empty tomb of Christ in Baptism, joining in the blessings of suffering, life and salvation. Christ made that sacrifice so that we might receive the blood from the very wounds of Christ in the Supper; a Supper instituted in order that we might receive that forgiveness all the more, being assured that we are Christ's and Christ is ours through that forgiveness of our sins.

Tonight as we celebrate the Supper, as we celebrate the night upon which our Lord instituted His blessed meal for our benefit, know that you are a sinner with sinners. We are all one in Christ Jesus desiring His flesh and blood for our salvation.

A Blessed Holy Thursday to You!

+Kyrie Eleison+