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1 Cor. 11:26 It’s All About Jesus

posted May 1, 2020, 9:18 AM by Jacob Boer

"For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes."

Many of us love the Lord’s Supper and baptism because it feeds our hearts and souls, makes us feel loved and free from guilt and sin. These are really good things to experience when we celebrate the sacraments, but it’s also important to remember that the sacraments also point us to the cross, to what it cost Jesus to bring us that freedom from guilt and sin.

Having been an Air Cadet and a Naval Reservist, it was hammered into us the importance of sacrifice, the importance of being willing to give our lives for the freedom we have here in Canada. Freedom comes at a cost, and usually that cost is blood; the cost is that some die so we can live.

The sacraments take us to the cross so that our hearts and souls are reminded of the cost of our forgiveness, that what is given to us freely, forgiveness and grace, comes at the cost of Jesus’ life and his willingness to take the burden, the weight of our sin to the cross and grace. This is why the Christian life is a life of gratitude to God where our deepest desire is to follow Jesus with everything we are; shaped by his deep love for us.

 

 

Q. Are both the word and the sacraments then intended to focus our faith on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross as the only ground of our salvation?

A. Yes! In the gospel the Holy Spirit teaches us and by the holy sacraments confirms that our entire salvation rests on Christ’s one sacrifice for us on the cross.

 

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