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Catechism Class: LD28 Q76, Spiritual or Physical Flesh and Blood?
We are looking at the Lord’s Supper and we move on to Lord’s Day 28, Q76, where the catechist asks us, What does it mean to eat the crucified body of Christ and to drink his shed blood? Our reply should be…
First, to accept with a believing heart all the suffering and the death of Christ, and so receive forgiveness of sins and life eternal.
Second, to be united more and more to his sacred body through the Holy Spirit, who lives both in Christ and in us. Therefore, although Christ is in heaven and we are on earth, yet we are flesh of his flesh and bone of his bones, and we forever live and are governed by one Spirit, as the members of our body are by one soul.
So, in this lesson, we want to think about the words of our Lord Jesus, when he said, in John 6:54-56 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
Let’s ask the question, What does it mean to eat the crucified body of Christ and to drink his shed blood?