Behold the Lamb of God

United Methodists claim to believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, and although we may be reluctant to specify exactly how Christ is present in the Supper (neither trans- nor con-substantiation, but a “mystery”), we can still say that to receive the bread and wine is to receive Jesus. Thus, would it be too great a stretch to say that to see the bread and wine is to see Jesus? I don’t think so. In our liturgy we pray that God would “pour out your Holy Spirit…on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ…” Therefore we might wish to consider presenting the consecrated elements to the people with the words of the Catholic liturgy: “This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are those who are called to his Supper!”


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