The body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ, is given to us though the holy sacrament of communion. The Lutheran confessions practice two sacraments, baptism and Holy Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper or the Sacrament of the Altar (198, Luther’s Small Catechism). “A sacrament is a sacred act instituted by God, in which God Himself has joined His Word of promise to a visible element, and by which He offers, gives, and seals the forgiveness of sins earned by Christ” (197, Luther’s Small Catechism). According to Lutheran teaching, the sacraments are acts performed by Christ and related to a divine promise. Having faith in God and Lutheran beliefs is necessary for receiving the sacrament. Martin Luther wrote an explanation of
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Matthew, Mark, Luke, and St. Paul all write, “Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: ‘Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in the remembrance of Me.’ In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament, in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me’” (228, Luther’s Small Catechism). The meaning of these holy words that were instituted by the Lord show us that though Holy Communion, taken at the altar, we have been saved and are forgiven though the shed of His own blood. This holy sacrament is received at the altar because an altar is a place of sacrifice (232, Luther’s Small Catechism). Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice on the cross, where He shed his blood for the sins of the world until His final return.
We are commanded by the Lord to remember and celebrate the distribution of His body and blood until the end of time. Also, we are instructed to receive this sacrament often in order to gain strength to live a new and holy life though Christ (232, Luther’s Small Catechism). The benefits offered though Holy Communion include forgiveness, salvation, new life, and unity though The Holy Gospel. When Christians eat and