A sermon on Hebrews 13 :15-21, Matthew 26:36-46
Maundy Thursday / April 13th / No. 7 of 8 in the Midweek Lent series
Here we find the blood of that eternal Covenant which blesses and overcomes our weak, dying flesh with His living body and blood. Your heavy eyes may grow dim and take no note of His approach. Yet here He comes. At His Word faith awakens to His presence. Faith hears His voice. Faith receives this His gift for what He says it is. Receiving this by the hand and command of Christ, we return strengthened and sanctified to the task He has given.
Do not be alarmed that your flesh turns out to be just as weak as He says. None of us should be surprised to find out we have weakness. We fall short. We fail Christ and fall asleep now and then. He tells us as much, and it is true. Watch and pray, though you have heavy eyes. Christ awakens your faith with a Word. Jesus tells you take and eat what He gives, take and drink from this cup of blessing.
Such faith alone works, though the flesh objects, to receive the gifts that Christ gives. Though the flesh objects, here again God wakes and works faith–He strengthens faith. By faith alone, this blood of his eternal Covenant “equips you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”