we are told as we come to the Table that we must be able to discern the body of
Christ, we are not being told that we have to pass a theological exam regarding
the relationship between the bread and the actual body of Christ. We are not being told that we must understand
the transformational work of justification by faith and all of the reformed
tenets of the faith.
What does it mean to discern the Lord’s body?
It means that we open our eyes as we partake and look around us. It means that my personal communion with
Christ is never simply about my own little personal worship experience
here. It is about the body – all of us
in Christ. It means I am to look and see
and rejoice with my brothers and sisters that we are brothers and sisters
washed in the grace of Jesus, baptized together into one body of which I am a
member. Rejoice with them. Sing with them. Partake with them. Encourage them.
is the body that is being built up into the perfect man – into mature
Christlikeness. God is making us more
and more fitted to our Head. He does so
with Word and Sacrament and we receive them both by faith. Come and welcome to Jesus Christ.