This is the Eucharist. Eucharisto means “I give thanks.” This the “Thanksgiving Meal.” Here we offer the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Here we commune with one another and the Lord of the table, our Lord Jesus Christ. But you must understand what you are saying by eating and drinking. Fundamentally, you are saying “Thank you.” This is the Eucharist; the Thanksgiving. You are not saying you are good enough to be here. You are not saying that you came half way and God came half way and He met you in the middle. You are not saying that you are a fairly decent, middle class American and this is just what we do on Sundays. You are saying Thank You. And this means that you are saying you don’t deserve any of this. What’s the this? You are saying thank you for your parents, thank you for your children, thank you for your spouse, thank you for your teachers, your neighbors, your boss, your employees, your house, your job, your car, your money, your clothes. And of course most importantly, you are saying thank you for Jesus who gives us all these blessings. You cannot come here and then go out there and complain. You cannot come here and say “thank you” and then go out there and be bitter. You cannot say “thank you” here and then go out there and say “gimme.” Jesus gives himself to you here, and in him all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge and blessing are given to you. So come, eat, drink, and say thank you.
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