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The Sweet Salvational Swap – The Lord’s Supper

February 22, 2018

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Wednesday of Lent 1                                Trinity Lutheran Church

21 February 2018                                      Murdock, NE


+ Jesu Juva +


The Passion of Our Lord: The Lord’s Supper

Lenten Theme: The Sweet Salvational Swap!


Notice the EXCHANGE or the SWAP that takes place between Jesus and sinners. Everything that sinners are and everything that sinners have – sin and all its hellacious conseqences – Christ takes!   And everything that Jesus is and all that Jesus has – His holiness, perfection and sinlessness –He gives to sinners! What Jesus takes – sin and its damnation – and what Jesus gives in return – His holiness and perfection — is what Jesus does FOR YOU and for your salvation. This is His cup of tea. It is the sweet salvational swap!


First, check out all the sinners and all their sin. It’s like we are watching the CBS TV series Criminal Minds! And Jesus is smack dab in the midst of it. It’s like He’s swimming in it. Getting drowned in it. As THE VICTIM of sickening crimes! The chief priests, the scribes and the elders of the people gather at the palace of the high priest. A back room deal is made. Craftily they make plans to murder innocent Jesus. Judas Iscariot – an apostle – becomes antichrist – in league with Satan – to betray innocent Jesus for some quick cash – thirty pieces of silver. At the Passover Meal in which Jesus institutes the divine gift of the Lord’s Supper the apostles wrangle and bicker about who is the greatest. Ignoring Jesus – His gracious words and service – completely – as they pitifully argue about who is the big dog among them.


Loads of sinners and depraved, hellish sin. The religious hot shots plot murder. Premeditated homicide. Judas schemes treachery. His gang of twelve think egotistically about themselves. So curved in on themselves they don’t even notice what Jesus is doing and giving them.


In the midst of such sordid sin, catastrophic criminality and the full horror of these sinners, you’d think Jesus should high tail it out of there. Skidaddle. PDQ.


Instead, He stays put. Firmly. Resolutely. He, their Lord is their Servant. He serves them. “I am among you as a servant.” He pulls a divine service among sinner! And what a divine service it is! He’s taking all their sin and all its eternal hellish consequences in Himself in order to carry it to the cross. There He will offer Himself as the one and only Sacrifice that atones and answers for all sin and for every sinner. In exchange for all the rot and gunk of the sin Jesus gives or serves up a hefty salvational slice of His innocence and perfection with these words at the Lord’s Supper: “Drink of it, all of you; this my blood of the new testament, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.”


Then Jesus gets up from the supper, pours water in a basin and begins to wash and dry His disciples’ feet. In exchange for the toxic pollution of their sin Jesus gives them purification. Decontamination. Cleansing. His! With His service of Suffering Servant washing Jesus gives Himself with all that He is and all that He has: the total and complete fellowship and sharing of His perfection, holiness – SALVATION!


Peter is shocked. Jesus would do not only such a menial but also scandalous thing? Holy One Jesus would fellowship with Peter’s filth, take Peter’s filth and in return bathe Peter His purity? Unthinkable! So, at first, Peter dares to refuse it. He won’t be given to! The refusal point.  Imagine that! An apostle that will not believe and receive the salvation the Lord is giving Him!  “Lord, do you wash my feet? … You shall never wash my feet.”


Jesus lays it on the line with Peter. “If I do not wash you, you have no part with me.” In other words, “If you refuse my sweet salvational swapping of your sin for my holiness, then you won’t be saved! This is how salvation works Peter! Your sin is mine. My perfection and sinlessness is yours! Heaven depends on Me taking all your sin and answering for it.”  


Jesus’ words have their way with Peter. He believes in Jesus who does the sweet salvational swap for Peter and for his salvation. “Lord, not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.”


So it is with you too! Your sin does not belong to you any more. All your sin belongs to Jesus. He took it. In His crucified Body on the cross. Your sin and all its damnation is answered for. And more. He has bathed you with His holiness. Washed you with His Good Friday divine and saving Blood. Clothed you with His own righteousness. It’s holy baptism! Baptized into His death. Buried with Christ. Raised with Him for a new life spelled: F-A-I-T-H. Faith that receives the sweet salvational swap especially in the Lord’s Supper every Sunday according to Jesus’ categorical promise: “Drink of it, all of you; this my blood of the new testament, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Jesus has swapped out your sin for His forgiveness. How sweet!


In the Name of Jesus.



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