What is this bread?
Christ’s body risen from the dead!
This bread we break,
This life we take,
Was crushed to pay for our release.
O taste and see—the Lord is peace.
What is this wine?
The blood of Jesus shed for mine;
The cup of grace
Brings His embrace
Of life and love until I sing!
O taste and see—the Lord is King.
What Is This Bread, sts. 1-2, by Frederic W. Baue, © 1991 Fred and Jean Baue
And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
He’s Eating Garbage!
I had just got off work on a Thursday night. In school all day and then worked five hours at the grocery store.
I was a junior in high school. And instead of going home right away, I went to a fast-food joint and bought myself two chicken sandwiches, an extra-large order of fries, and a 64 oz. soft drink.
Plopping down in front of the Apple PC at my dad’s office in town, I ate my “dinner” and played a computer game.
I know what you’re thinking. That wasn’t very healthy. And you are right. It really wasn’t. Which is why I was overweight and lethargic during most of my high school years.
I was eating garbage and, some would contend, eating myself to death!
You Are What You Eat
In America, we love to eat. We all don’t love to eat healthy. And we even have a national holiday that we have turned into a festival of feasting – Thanksgiving!
If it is true that “you are what you eat” then in November I’m a turkey and pumpkin pie. In December, I’m still a turkey, but also peppermint lattes.
When it comes to the summer months, I could be a bratwurst or hamburger.
And on most Friday nights, I’m a homemade pizza.
Changing the Way I Eat
Having reached the half-century mark in age, I’ve finally been motivated to change this. I strive to eat healthier. My diet consists of more fruits and vegetables, less fatty foods, very little soft drinks, more and more water.
And there have been results! In January of 2016, I topped the scales at 325 pounds!
Today (July of 2018), I’m at 272 and dropping. In fact, I just completed a 5 mile walk in a local forest preserve (six miles yesterday and over seven miles last Thursday!).
I figured out that if I am what I eat, I was not long for this world because of that!
Eating the Healthiest Food of All
There are many different kinds of diets. Paleo diets. Atkins Diet. The list goes on and on.
But there is one diet that can provide one thing that absolutely none of the other diets can – the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.
It has long been held by those of the Lutheran tradition about the Lord’s Supper that it is the very body and blood of Jesus Christ.
And eating and drinking – sacramentally – the body and blood of Jesus has this effect:
“…in the Sacrament forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are given us through these words [‘given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins’]. For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation” (Small Catechism, Part VI, Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, copyright © 2005, 2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of Concordia, call 800-325-3040, p 343).
If you would like to know more about the Lord’s Supper – or Holy Communion, Sacrament of the Altar, and its other names – from the Lutheran perspective, use the comments section below.
Eating well – balanced and nutritious meals – will go a long way to making you feel well and healthy.
Feeding on the Bread of Life – Jesus Christ – will have the benefit of strengthening your faith in Christ and keeping you on the path to eternal life.
Heavenly Father, in Holy Baptism you call people to be Christians and give the forgiveness of sins. I pray you will make me ready to receive the most holy body and blood of Christ for the forgiveness of all my sins, and give me a grateful heart that I may give thanks to you, O Father, to your Son, and to the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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