Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Sweet Smelling Savor

Dear Saints, at the Communion Table we remember the Lord’s death until He comes again. His sacrifice for us is never to be forgotten. This is not a time of morbid introspection but rather a time for practiced Thanksgiving reflection. This Eucharistic meal is not about how bad you must have been that God had to send His only Son to die on the cross to pay for your sins. Rather, this time is primarily about how great, kind, merciful and gracious our God is, that because He loved us while we were yet sinners, He sent His Son to die on our behalf.

         This is not a time to focus on your self but rather to gaze upon the glories of God with great gratitude. Jesus gave Himself and God received Him as a supremely divine sacrifice, a sweet smelling savor. Just as Jesus gave Himself for us, so, too, we are to lay down our lives for the brethren. He is given for us and we give God thanks. Then, we give ourselves to one another and respond to God and to one another with thanksgiving. This sort of sacrifice is pleasing to God.

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