Here we are already, the season of Thanksgiving for 2018. As common phrases go as we age, “Time goes to fast,” or “Where did all the time go?”
As we celebrate this Thanksgiving, let us remember all the things for which we are thankful. But let us remember to stress the importance of giving thanks for the Lord’s Supper.
The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament. Sacrament is Latin for “sacred rite.” Jesus teaches everything you need to know about the Lord’s Supper in Scripture known as the Words of Institution.
These same words of Jesus are still used by the pastor today to institute the Sacrament whenever it is celebrated. “Our Lord Jesus Christ on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said, ‘Take eat, this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.’ ”
In the way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them saying: “Drink of it, all of you: this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is given for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” (Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25)
The Lord’s Supper is closely associated with His death for the sins of the world. Take, eat; take, drink. Jesus used bread and wine as He blessed us with His Word.
Thanksgiving is a celebration of thanks for many things: family, friends, food, shelter, freedom; but nothing can compare to the thanksgiving of our Lord’s Supper. The feast that was given to us because of the love God has for us by sending His only Son to die on the cross for all our sins. The free gift of the Lord’s Supper is the gift of eternal salvation.
So, as we think of Thanksgiving for 2018, let us think first of thanks for Jesus and the Lord’s Supper.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving.
From your Deacon @ Immanuel