#DailyDevotion Through The Body Of Christ In The Supper We Are One Body With Him And Each Other

#DailyDevotion Through The Body Of Christ In The Supper We Are One Body With Him And Each Other

1 Cor. 10 16Is the cup of blessing which we bless not a communion of the blood of Christ? Is the bread which we break not a communion of the body of Christ? 17All of us are one body, because there is one bread and all of us share that one bread. 18See how the Jews do it. Don’t those who eat the sacrifices share the altar? 19What do I mean by this? That a sacrifice made to an idol is something or that an idol really is something? 20No, these sacrifices of the non-Jews are made to demons and not to God. I don’t want you to be partners of demons. 21You can’t drink the Lord’s cup and the cup of demons. You can’t share the Lord’s table and the table of demons. 22Or are we trying to make the Lord jealous? Are we stronger than He?

1Co 1: 9You can depend on God, Who called you to the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. Through baptism we have entered into fellowship with our LORD Jesus Christ. In the LORD’s Supper we celebrate that fellowship we have with him and with each other. In the LORD’s Supper we all are participating in Christ’s body and blood. Jesus said, John 6, 48“I am the Bread of Life.” This bread is his true body we eat when participate in his supper. We are one body St. Paul says, because we all share that one bread, the body of Christ.

In his incarnation Jesus, our Savior became one flesh with us, Heb 2:14 “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil.” Taking on our body of flesh, he took our sins, guilt and shame and nailed them to the tree. Now in his supper, he gives us his body and we become one with him and with one another. We take on his righteousness, glory, holiness and all that is his. Peter tells us, 2Pe 1:4 “…he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”

So we are one body with Christ’s body and with one another,  Rom 12:4“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,  5)  so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” In the Supper we celebrate our marriage to Christ and union with him, Rom 7: 4“So you, too, my fellow Christians, have through Christ’s body died to the Law to marry Another — Him Who rose from the dead so that we will produce fruit for God.”

So in the participation in the Supper, we are sharing in and participating in, together, no matter where we are on the planet the one body of Christ. Even when we are not celebrating our part of being in the body of Christ, we nevertheless are one body with him and one another, as Paul says, Rom 12: 4“We have many parts in one body, and these parts don’t all do the same thing. 5In the same way, many as we are, we are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another.” Our participation in Jesus’ body in the Supper makes that reality manifest to us and strengthens us in that oneness as we eat the bread, that is the body of Christ, receive forgiveness of our sins and forgive all those who are participating with us in that same one body which is Christ’s. We also recognize our oneness of body with the saints who are above and are strengthened by their beatific vision of their LORD and ours.

Heavenly Father, you gave us your Son Jesus Christ as the Bread of Life, in whom we are made participants in His Supper and one body with him and all believers in Christ. Strengthen us in our faith and have us persevere to life everlasting by his body. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion The Death Of Jesus the Messiah Wins For Us Eternal Salvation

#DailyDevotion The Death Of Jesus the Messiah Wins For Us Eternal Salvation

Romans 5:6–116At the right time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7a man will hardly die for a righteous person; oh, for a kind person someone may dare to die. 8But God shows how He loves us by this, that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. 9Now that His blood has declared us righteous, we are all the more certain He will save us from God’s anger. 10If while we were His enemies we were made God’s friends by the death of His Son, now that we are His friends we are all the more certain He will save us by His life. 11More than that, we rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has now given us this friendship.

How great and wide is the love of God toward us in Christ Jesus. “At the right time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for the ungodly.” Yes, when we were helpless and sinners, Christ died for us. Our Father purposed the time in which his Son would become man in order to die for the sin of the world. We can look back 20/20 and see all that was brought into being in order for his dying to have the maximum effect: everyone spoke Greek, the Roman peace and roads made for safe travel by land and sea, the Jews had settled all around the Roman world waiting to hear the Good News of Christ. Christ Jesus died, the righteous for the unrighteous. You think you’re not all that bad? You think you have something within yourself to escape the wrath of God? Then you don’t need Christ. He did not die for you. But if you were helpless to save yourself, Christ Jesus died for you. Paul tells us, 2Co 5: 14“The love of Christ compels us because we’re convinced One died for all and so all have died. 15He died for all that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him Who died and rose for them.” Indeed, while you may not think you need Christ Jesus to die for you, he died for you anyway so that you may live for him and died and rose for you.

When Adam sinned, his soul died and his body was to follow. We all followed our father Adam in his sin and so we too all are dead awaiting our bodily death. Paul tells us, Rom 6:23“The wages paid by sin is death, but the gift given freely by God in Christ Jesus our Lord is everlasting life.” Yes, Jesus’ death saved us from God’s anger. Indeed, his death has made us God’s friends. We deserve to die both bodily and spiritually. In Christ Jesus, through his death, we as given his eternal life now and will spared the eternal death waiting for those who reject him. As God’s friends, we are saved by Christ’s life. Paul also writes, Col 1:22“but now by dying in His human body He has made you friends in order to have you stand before Him without sin or fault or blame.” Jesus’ death allows us to be friends with God so we may stand before God the Father without sin or fault or blame. How glorious is the death of Jesus on Good Friday that it could accomplish such a feat!

We are joined to Christ’s death in our baptism, Rom 6:3“Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” In our baptism we experience the death of Christ as our death, our payment for sin.” Since Christ rose and conquered death, our baptism into his death is also our baptism into his eternal life. It frees us so we no longer need be a slave to sin any longer nor to the fear of death, for death no longer has a hold on us. We never die in Christ for he has put his life into us.

Heavenly Father, you have made us your friends by the death of your son Jesus Christ and put us into his death through baptism. You have granted us eternal life in Christ so we may stand before you boldly and confidently. Grant us faith to believe this always. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion We Preach Nothing But A Crucified Messiah, Jesus Christ

#DailyDevotion We Preach Nothing But A Crucified Messiah, Jesus Christ

1 Cor. 1:18The message of the cross is something foolish to those who perish, but it is God’s power to us who are saved…22Now that Jews ask for miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23we preach a crucified Christ. The Jews stumble over Him, the Greeks think He’s something foolish, 24but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, He is Christ, God’s power and God’s wisdom. 25God’s foolishness is wiser than men’s wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than men’s strength… 30He gave you your life in Christ Jesus, Whom God made our wisdom, righteousness, holiness, and ransom from sin, 31so that it may be as the Bible says: “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

Paul says here the message of the cross is something foolish to those who perish and that we preach a crucified Christ. In Galatians he also writes, 6:14 “May I never boast of anything but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom the world is crucified to me and I to the world.” Indeed the Cross is foolish to the world and a scandal to the Jews. Why even among people who call themselves Christians they say, “The infinite cannot be contained by the finite.” Yet God has taken on human flesh. Well maybe to the Greeks that wouldn’t be too foolish, Zeus supposedly had taken on many forms to seduce women. But this God who had taken on human flesh went and died on a cross, the lowest form of execution for the day. Paul says in Philipians concerning Jesus, 28“and was seen to have the ways of a man. He became obedient and humbled Himself until He died, yes, died on a cross.” It’s kind of crazy that God would humble himself to die and die on a cross. Why doesn’t he just wipe out all the bad people? Well he did that once with Noah’s flood. You see, we’re all bad people. You’re not as good as you think you are.

So why would Paul make such a big deal about a crucified Messiah or Christ, a God who dies a miserable death on the cross? Because of what Jesus accomplished for us, for all people by his death on the cross. You see on the cross Jesus made peace between Jew and Gentile, between God and man. On the cross Paul says, Eph 2:16“to make both in one body friends with God by His cross, on which He killed the hostility.” He makes both Jews and Gentile on body in Christ. He kills the hostility between God and man and makes us friends by taking upon himself the wrath of God on the cross. Paul writes, Col 120 “and by Him to reconcile to Himself everything on earth and in heaven in a peace made by the blood on His cross.” Yes, the blood shed for us on the cross makes peace between God and man and man and man. All the wrongs ever committed are reconciled there on the cross.

We glory in the cross of Jesus because he, Col 2:14“wiped out the Law’s demands that were against us and took them out of the way by nailing them to the cross.” That Law which Peter tells us even the most pious of Jews never kept is nailed to the cross taking them out of the way so we may know the grace, mercy, kindness and love of God in Christ Jesus. The Law cannot accuse us any longer when we have faith in Christ and trust his all saving work on the cross. You see, Heb 12:2 “For the joy that was set before Him He endured the cross, thinking nothing of its shame, and sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.” That joy was saving you and make peace between you and God and you and your fellows.

Heavenly Father, may we take great joy in the cross of Christ and may its message always be on our lips so others by the power of that message also rejoice in faith in the cross of Jesus Christ to eternal life. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Christ Jesus Has Entered The Holy Of Holies With His Blood For Us

#DailyDevotion Christ Jesus Has Entered The Holy Of Holies With His Blood For Us

Hebrews 9:11-15 11But Christ came as High Priest of the good things that have come; He went through that greater and more perfect tabernacle not made by human hands (that is, not a part of this created world). 12 And He didn’t use the blood of goats and calves but through His own blood He entered only once into the Holy of Holies and paid a price that frees us forever. 13Now, sprinkling the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a calf on unclean people makes them outwardly holy and clean. 14How much more will the blood of Christ, Who by the everlasting Spirit offered Himself without a spot to God, wash our consciences clean from dead works to worship the living God? 15And He is the Mediator of a new testament (covenant]. By dying He paid the ransom to free people from the sins under the first covenant, and those who are called are to receive the everlasting inheritance promised them.

The tabernacle and the temple were models, a figure of what the LORD had shown Moses of the more perfect tabernacle in heaven (Ex. 24:40). Jesus Christ came to us as High Priest of the good things that have come and as the LORD’s perfect high priest entered into that tabernacle, the eternal temple of made by God. The Levitical priest when they entered the temple made with human hands entered not with their own blood but the blood of goats and calves. Such sacrifices only cleansed the people outwardly and made them clean to be before God when the blood of those sacrifices were sprinkled on the people.

Now Christ has come with his own blood, the blood of the Son of God, entering the Holy of Holies in heaven above and poured his blood upon the mercy seat of God making atonement for our sins and the sins of the whole world. The priests had to do this yearly. Jesus need only make this sacrifice once for his blood, his sacrifice is whole, complete and truly holy. He never needs to die again for our sins.

The blood of Jesus, “who by the everlasting Spirit offered Himself without a spot to God” washes our consciences clean from dead works to worship the living God. The dead works are not only our sins and trespasses but those works commanded by God under the Old Covenant. The blood of Christ has been sprinkled on us when we were baptized into Christ Jesus as Paul says in Titus 3, 5“He saved us, not because of any good works we did but because He was merciful. He saved us by the washing in which the Holy Spirit gives us a new birth and a new life. 6He poured a rich measure of this Spirit on us through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7to declare us righteous by His grace so that we may be heirs according to the hope of everlasting life. You can depend on this statement.” In this baptism Jesus pours out not only his blood upon us but fills us with the Holy Spirit so we may worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth. We also can appeal to our baptism for a clear conscience before God (1 Peter 3:21ff).

Having our consciences cleansed we may know come before the Father to trust in his only begotten Son Jesus Christ and we can love one another as Christ has loved us without fear. For now we know the love of God in Christ Jesus and that love cast out our fear. We need no longer think only of our ourselves. We can now, in Christ, think of others first like our Savior.

Heavenly Father, you sent your son Jesus Christ to be the perfect and whole sacrifice for our sins. Pour his blood now over us and quicken our minds that we may always remember our baptisms so we can have a clear conscience before you so we may love you and love our neighbor. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion The Cross Of Jesus Is His Glorification

#DailyDevotion The Cross Of Jesus Is His Glorification

John 12:20–33 20Among those who came up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They went to Philip (who was from Bethsada in Galilee) and told him, “Sir, we want to see Jesus. 22Philip went and told Andrew. Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23Jesus answered them, “The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Surely, I tell you, if a kernel of wheat doesn’t fall into the ground and die, it will be just one kernel. But if it dies, it produces much grain. 25Love your life and lose it, but hate your life in this world, and you will keep it for an everlasting life. 26If you serve Me, follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be. If you serve Me, the Father will honor you. 27“I am deeply troubled now. But what should I say? Father, save Me from what is going to happen? No! I came to suffer this now. 28Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified My name and will glorify it again.” 29The crowd, which stood there and heard it, said it had thundered. Others said, “An angel talked to Him.” 30Jesus explained: “That voice did not come for My benefit but for yours. 31“Now this world is being judged: now the ruler of this world will be thrown out. 32And once I have been lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to Me.” 33He said this to indicate how He was going to die.

How quickly does the mood change here from the glorious entry into Jerusalem to Jesus speaking of his glorification. Here as when James and John sought to be with Christ in his glory, that glory isn’t sparkling lights and fanfare. Jesus defines his glorification he says, “Surely, I tell you, if a kernel of wheat doesn’t fall into the ground and die, it will be just one kernel. But if it dies, it produces much grain.” It is Jesus’ glory to die so that through his death we would become the much grain that is produced from it. Again it is strange to think of the Son of Man dying given his glorious appearance in Daniel chapter seven. Without the glory of the cross the glory of his coming with the angels would seem somewhat empty because we would not be with him glory. Yet with the glory of the cross, Jesus’ return as the Son of Man with all his angels is indeed glorious because he gives us his kingdom at that time.

Jesus then takes us into himself. He calls us to hate our lives and the world with all of its trappings. In doing so, for his name’s sake, we keep our lives for an everlasting life with him. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians that we participate in the sufferings of Christ. We also will participate in his glory. What is said of the Son of Man in Daniel seven is also spoken of concerning his saints, 27“And the kingdom, along with the power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be given to the holy people of the Most High God. Their kingdom is everlasting, and all other authorities will serve and obey them.”

Jesus came to suffer and be glorified in that suffering. The Father is glorified in the suffering of his only begotten son for in his sacrifice the ruler of this world is dethroned. Satan is removed from heaven and can no longer accuse us any longer. He cannot stop the gospel from going forth and bringing people to Christ. Jesus’ being lifted up on the cross draws everything, even all creation and redeems it. Jesus came to suffer death, even death on a cross. It is his glory to save us and all creation. We can rejoice and be glad in it.

Heavenly Father, you glorified your name by sending Jesus to be crucified on our behalf so the sin of the world is forgiven. Grant us faith in Christ so we may follow him and be where he is unto life everlasting. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion The World Is Running After Jesus

#DailyDevotion The World Is Running After Jesus

John 12:17-19 17The people who had been with Him when He called Lazarus out of the grave and raised him from the dead were telling what they had seen. 18Because the crowd heard He had done this miracle, it came to meet Him. 19Then the Pharisees said to one another, “You see, you’re not getting anywhere. Look! The world is running after him.”

Lazarus must have been a pretty popular person. There must have been a lot of people at the tomb of Lazarus on the fourth day of Lazarus’ death when Jesus came to the tomb to raise Lazarus from the dead. These people became Jesus’ evangelist for the day when he came into Jerusalem. They were telling everyone how Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead.

It was because they heard he had done this miracle it came out to meet him. The prophets had raised people from the dead before. Jesus had raised people from the dead before. No one had raised whole a man who had been dead four days and had begun to decompose. If Jesus did this, the power of God was with him and he must be the Messiah.

Today, it is still this message we bring people so they may believe in Jesus. Not just that he raised Lazarus from the dead but that he raised himself from the dead, having been crucified and buried. Unless others who had been raised from the dead, Jesus never died again. He has the power over death and the grave. With this power he promises to raise from the dead to everlasting life all who put their faith in him.

Yet not everyone believed in Jesus despite this miracle. The Pharisees said, “You see, you’re not getting anywhere. Look! The world is running after him.” It is as Jesus said in the parable of Lazarus and the rich man, Luke16 30 “’No, Father Abraham’, he said, ‘but if someone comes to them from the dead, they’ll repent.’ 31‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets,’ he answered him, ‘they won’t be convinced even if someone rose from the dead.’” They didn’t ironically believe even though Lazarus was raised from the dead. They did not believe when Jesus was raised from the dead, and they knew it was true. You will run across people like this in your life. Do fear them.

The Pharisees were correct. The world is running after him. You may not see it where you are. Yet in country after country, those who belong to Jesus are hearing his good news and coming out to meet him with shouts of “Hosannas!” Do not fear the people around you, your own countrymen are rejecting the message. We are in a temporary exile. This is not our home. The kingdom Jesus promised us when he returns is our home. Nevertheless, we continue to spread the good news here and people are still coming to the faith and it is with these people we heartily rejoice with.

Heavenly Father, grant us faith to believe in the resurrection and be fellow witnesses with your apostles of that resurrection so through that message the world may continue to run after Jesus. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.