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Monday, December 06, 2010

Musings on the Sacrament of the Eucharist

From Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail by Robert Webber:

"I find the presence of Christ to be particularly true for me in the sacrament of the Eucharist.  When I used to think of it as my personal sign of faith, I always wondered, 'Did I take it in the right way? Did I properly prepare myself through the confession of my sins to make myself worthy of the bread and wine? Was my faith strong enough to be pleasing to God?  Will his wrath come against me because I wasn't serious enough?'  All these worries rolled away when I was set free by understanding that the bread and wine are God's symbols of his love toward me.  They now speak to me of the mystery of my salvation.  Rather than sending me into myself in search of this or that sin to confess, the Eucharist makes me aware that I never have been and never will be worthy.  But more than that, the Eucharist tells me that I am acceptable to God because of Jesus Christ.  He has done all that needs to be done to make me acceptable to the Father.  This is his sign to me of his work for me.  I receive this sign in faith and it effects a healing with God, my neighbor, nature, and me.  What Christ did for me on the cross is now extended to me.  I receive the benefits of his salvation again and again.  So the Eucharist has become the sacrament of my encounter with Jesus Christ.  He who saved me at the cross continues to extend his salvation to me through the simple and concrete signs of bread and wine."

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