Take and Eat

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Daily Reformation, Mark 7:24-37

From the Reformer

The living bread, of which the Lord here speaks, is Christ himself, of whom we partake. If in our hearts we lay hold of only a morsel of this bread, we shall have forever enough and can never be separated from God. The partaking of this bread is nothing but faith in Christ our Lord, that he is, as Paul says in 1Co 1:30: “made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.” He who eats of this food lives forever. Therefore, the Lord says, immediately following this Gospel lesson, where the Jews strove among themselves about this discourse of his: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, ye have not life in yourselves. He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

—Martin Luther, Assorted Sermons, “The Wheat and the Tares”

Pulling It Together

It takes but a crumb of this bread called Christ, eaten in faith, to be filled to the full. The eating of this bread would be rightly considered an action or a work. Yet it is a work of faith. Further, the work of eating itself does not save. Rather it is the faith in what is eaten that saves, and that work of faith is God’s action—not yours. So eat! Trust in the One who gives you Bread and the faith to eat.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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