The Sermon in the Sacrament
When a sermon is delivered, the pastor does the preaching. But when the congregation comes to Holy Communion, the people also preach a sermon. By coming to Communion they declare a number of things about themselves, about God, and about the Lord’s Supper.
What is the sermon in the Sacrament? Well, first of all, it declares: “We are sinful human beings. We need the forgiveness and life offered here in the body and blood of Christ.”
The sermon in the Sacrament also declares that we have a Savior who forgives sin. He says to us: “This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me…. This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood” (Luke 22:19-20).
We “proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” by joyously receiving the fruit of His death, namely, the personal assurance of forgiveness.
The sermon in the Sacrament also points out that we Christians are united with one another. “Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread” (1 Corinthians 10: 17).
The sermon in the Sacrament furthermore points to the glories of the life that is to come. It points to a risen Lord and to the heaven that is coming.