November 25, 2020

Day by Day with Martin Luther

Read: Nehemiah 5:1-13 Jude 1-25

“Christ’s Banquet”

“I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste My banquet.”
[Luke 14:24]

It is as if Jesus meant to say: “well, my supper, too, is something and is surely better than their oxen, fields, and houses or wives, even though they now despise it and regard their fields, oxen, and houses as much more precious. The hour will come when they must leave their oxen, fields, and houses. And would gladly taste something from My supper. But then it will be said: “friend I am not at home, and I cannot now wait on the guests. Go to your fields, to your oxen, to your houses; they will certainly give you a better supper, because you have despised mine.”
And so, Jesus asks us to accept His Holy Supper, His banquet as a cheerful, hungry child. And not decline His invitation to receive the Grace of God given in His Body and Blood. This is the love of God that we preach, and is offered to us in the Gospel through Christ, where we receive grace instead of wrath, eternal righteousness instead of sin, and eternal life instead of eternal death.

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