a Transferred Presence

bibleMany people believe that black ink on white paper in a book called the Bible are actually the Word(s) of God.

Those same words with the ink now being red, say that Jesus (who we also believe was God in human form) took bread and said, this is my Body and with wine said, this is my Blood.

Do you believe those words of God?

Jesus did not say this wheat is my Body or that this grape is my Blood. The wheat had been Chalice_Host_wheat_and_grapesprocessed into bread and the grape had been made into wine. They both became something more than what they were originally.

Now Jesus takes the transformed substances of wheat-bread and grapes-wine and they by the Word of God become something more, he says they are his bread-Body & wine-Blood.

It is not hard to conceive that if man can turn wheat and grapes into bread and wine that the Creator, Savior…Son of Man can turn them into his Body & Blood.

The transformed substances become the sacramental reality of a transferred Presence.

communion-table-3If your faith can accept that ink and paper can communicate the Words of God, then use your faith to accept the Words of God when he takes bread and wine and calls them his Body & Blood.

Fr Alexander Schmemann an Eastern Orthodox priest wrote in For the Life of the World, “in the Orthodox perspective the liturgy of the Word is as sacramental as the sacrament is ‘evangelical.’  The sacrament is a manifestation of the Word.”  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 1 Cor 11:26

“Through the Liturgy (of the Word and Table)…which tells the story of the Gospel beginning in Genesis 1 and tells the whole story all the way through in compression…the bible becomes fleshpeople tell the story together and in telling our common story together we re-narrate the world.”  -an interview with Ian Morgan Cron

The Word became flesh and he said in John 6:51-56, the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”  So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.  Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.  For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.  Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.

-the Evangelical Sacraments

About Michael Welchert

My wife Diana and I have been married since 1985 and have five wonderful children. I have been in ministry since 1980 and we currently reside in the Denver, CO area.
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