A Dutch theologian, Wilhelmus Ã¡ Brakel, once said, â€œ[The Word of God] is a brook from which a lamb may drink and an ocean in which an elephant can drown.â€ Whether it is hearing Godâ€™s Word preached, reading the Bible in private, or eating the Word made flesh in the Lordâ€™s Supper we should always remember this twofold reality. Godâ€™s Word is a gentle brook of sweet comfort to those who come in faith to drink of it. But itâ€™s also vast, unmeasured, boundless, free, rolling like a mighty ocean. The Christian finds comfort in the sheer vastness and thunderous power of Godâ€™s Word, but also finds stunning glory in its simple truth: God sent His Son to save sinners.Â
The non-Christian sees the exact opposite. Wherever they turn, Godâ€™s Word is an ocean of His justice confronting them with the guilt of their sin; and when they are invited to the brook of Godâ€™s grace, their pride sees an insulting abyss which will swallow all their self-righteousness. To the unbeliever, the Word is a raging tsunami of judgement. To the believer, it is a bottomless, shoreless, endless stream of comfort, healing, forgiveness, and love. The unrepentant sinner finds it a horror; the repentant saint finds it an unspeakable joy.
So This Word we are about to eat is meant as a warning to those who take it without faith, yet it is nourishment to those who believe. As a Narnian might put it, â€œthe safest place to be is between the wild paws of the Lion.â€ The great and incomprehensible glory of our union with Christ is set before us today in these simple signs of bread & wine. The body and blood of our Savior.
So come in faith, and welcome to Jesus…