Brothers and sisters, last week we spoke about the work of the Spirit in the sacrament of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Our Lord Jesus is with us by His Spirit. He is with us to bless us and to nourish us. In one sense, the future is ours in the present.
“We have the Spirit as the “pledge” or “down payment” of our inheritance, the beginning of our inheritance now, and the promise of a full inheritance in the future. And that is the significance of this meal as well. It is a sign that we have already entered into our inheritance, and that the earth and all its fruits belong to us because they belong to Jesus. We are the people of the new exodus, for Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us, and our Father has given us a good land flowing with milk and honey, so that we may eat and drink and rejoice before Him.” Let us do so as people of peace and a people who have embraced the future in the present. Amen.