I said in a sermon on Sunday that God only deals with us through a promise and his presence. Some folks wondered about that and asked for some clarification, so here we go. The Scriptures are replete with God making promises to human beings and with the promise always comes the idea of His presence among them. And all of these promises are wrapped up in the last will and testament of Christ that we find in the Lord’s Supper. In fact, Luther would state that the promises up to the time of Christ’s last testament get their value and meaning from that Testament.
The value of the promises made to Adam (Gen. 3:15), Noah (Gen. 9:12-17), Abraham (Gen. 22:18), Moses and the people of Israel (Deut. 18:18), and David (II Sam, 7:12-16) find their yes and amen in the testament of Christ.
This is one of the reasons that discussions taking place in this plague time about communion are so important. This will be a discussion as we move forward.