Beckett: The Lord’s Supper – Its Benefits

What is the benefit of this eating and drinking? “These words, ‘Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins,’ show us that in the Sacrament forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are given us through these words. for where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation” (Small Catechism).

The Lord’s Supper is the most vital meal of the week, for it gives what no other meal can give: the forgiveness of sins, (eternal) life, and salvation. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7).

It is most detrimental, therefore, to have this salvific meal only every once in a while, for we are perpetually in need of its eternal benefits. Every two weeks is ludicrous; once a month is horrid. While it is true that there is no command to have it every week, there is also no benefit not to have it every week. There is no good reason to reject the Lord’s Supper when it is always available (aside from an unrepentant heart). I love how I once heard Rev. Dr. Bruce Schuchard put it, “The Lord’s Supper is not an appetizer; it’s the veritable feast” (lecture on Revelation at Concordia Seminary, spring 2021). If you oppose weekly Communion, you oppose Christ.

As Rev. Hans Fiene also excellently said, “Some people oppose weekly Communion saying it’ll make the Sacrament ‘less special.’ The Sacrament isn’t supposed to be special. It’s standard. When Almighty God invites you to feast on the infinite love, mercy, and salvation found in Christ’s body and blood, that’s normal for Him. God Himself reordering the fabric of the universe by pouring out forgiveness, life, and salvation through unfathomably glorious miracles is simply what the church is. The Lord’s Supper is not poor kids in the 1930s getting ice cream once a quarter but the sons of the King taking their rightful place at His table.”

As co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17), you take your rightful place at the Table. It is not for you to reject but for you to embrace. It is not for you to say, “I’m not hungry,” but for you to say, “Yes, Lord, I hunger and thirst for Your righteousness. Please fill me” (Matthew 5:6). If you do not hunger and thirst for Christ’s body and blood, there is probably some sin within you that you need to reflect on, which furthermore proves your need for the Supper. For what saint would dare reject Christ and His gifts? The Supper is not only a privilege; it is also your right as a son of the King of the universe (unless you are hard-hearted in your sin). If only we would take our right to the Supper as seriously as we take our right to vote! For then no one would hunger and thirst for righteousness when it is freely available at the Table.


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