Summary: Through the promise of Jesus, partaking in Holy Communion brings the ultimate comfort of abundant life.
What is the benefit of such eating and drinking?
The words “given for you” and “shed for you for the forgiveness of sin” show us that forgiveness of sin, life, and salvation are given to us in the sacrament through these words, because where there is forgiveness of sin, there is also life and salvation.
How can bodily eating and drinking do such a great thing?
Eating and drinking certainly do not do it, but rather the words that are recorded: “given for you” and “shed for you for the forgiveness of sin.” These words, when accompanied by the physical eating and drinking, are the essential thing in the sacrament, and whoever believes these very words has what they declare and state, namely, “forgiveness of sin.”
Key Catechism: “For times [we suffer the opposition of sin, death, and the devil], when our hearts feel too sorely pressed, this comfort of the Lord’s Supper is given to bring us new strength and refreshment.” — Luther’s Large Catechism, V:27
Key Scripture: “So Jesus said to [the crowd], ‘Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” — John 6:53
Life Application: Make an effort to receive Holy Communion/the Lord’s Supper/Eucharist every week. Even if you are running late to worship, try to make it for Communion.
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