Rich Bread and Strong Wine

I want to greet you on this Lord’s Day in the name of our Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

When God called His people out of Egypt and into the wilderness, He called them to live on manna from heaven and water from a rock. And while this was sufficient for their present need, it was also a reminder to them in the midst of wilderness wanderings of greater things to come.

They would not always eat thin wafers. They would not always drink water only. The day would come when God would bring them into the land where they would feast on rich bread and honey; where they would lift up the cup overflowing with strong wine. Until then, it was to be a time of patience and faithfulness.

The Triune God has called His church together on this Lord’s Day so that we might not turn back from wafers and water to the enticements of the world, but see with eyes of patient faith the bread and wine that has already been made ours through the body and blood of our Lord Jesus.

Let us give thanks for the Bread of Life Who is richer than the wages of our sin. Let us rejoice in the wine of the covenant that is stronger than our rebellious hearts.  The wafer today will one day become the rich bread at the King’s table. The water from the rock will one day be turned into the strong wine of the wedding feast. AMEN.

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