Sermon on the seventh commandment:
Jesus Christ is the faithful husband. Having communion every week reminds us that Jesus comes to His bride in affection and love, with provision and attention, and he does so frequently and regularly. He sets a table, like the wise woman of Proverbs 8, and we would be wise to come. Not like the foolish woman of Proverbs 5-7, 9. Christ’s grace and love are greater than our sin. Strong feelings of guilt and shame result from this sin, and we need to know that forgiveness is real and complete at the cross. We can be washed in the blood of Christ. But we cannot wash ourselves on the inside. So we apply the medicine, drink the potion, to cleanse the inside of the cup, only by the Holy Spirit giving us faith to believe Jesus really does save.