Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Beating Temptation at the Table

The Lord’s Prayer teaches us to pray for God to keep us from temptation and to deliver us from evil.  It also teaches us to ask Him for our daily bread.  But, as we also heard Jesus say while He was resisting temptation – Man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

There are many words that proceed from God.  But they all are summed up here in the Word of God made flesh.  And that Word is here at this Table – and it is offered to You as we partake of Bread.  This Bread and Wine are the Word of God – just as the Bible you hold is the Word of God.  Neither are turned into God – but both, by partaking by faith – are the instruments by which the Holy Spirit imparts the Word, Jesus, more and more into His body, the church.

And so, just as important as hearing by faith when the Word is proclaimed – is partaking by faith when the Word is given – here, at the Table of the Lord.  The Word of God is given to fight temptation.  Come and welcome to the Word of God – to Jesus Christ.

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