Post by Pastor Stephen
In his small catechism, Martin Luther asks “What are the benefits of eating and drinking the body and blood of Jesus in holy communion?”
He says, “The words ‘given for you’ and ‘shed for you for the forgiveness of sin’ shows 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.”
As we continue our August worship focus on Jesus, the Bread of Life, think about the benefits you get from Jesus as you receive holy communion. Why is it impactful for you to receive this gift from God? Have you noticed the benefits that are already given, namely forgiveness of sin, life, and salvation?
You can also find a copy of the Small Catechism on page 1160 in your ELW hymnal, or you can get the free app.