What is your role in the body of Christ? What is your role here at Trinity? In the first instance, let me insist that your role, your job is to receive. How does the hand function? How do the eyes work? They work first by receiving nourishment, receiving life from the body. Some of you naturally feel antsy if you aren’t doing something, aren’t giving something. And you need to remember that the first work that Jesus requires of us is to believe in Him, receive Him, and rest in Him. Some of you are so busy, so stressed, so wound up with fears and uncertainty. And Jesus calls you here and He says sit down, calm down, stop checking your phone, stop worrying about this afternoon, or tomorrow, or next week. Do you not know that God holds all things? Do you not know that you are worth more than many sparrows? If God clothes the flowers of the field, won’t He take care you? Be at peace. God gives His beloved sleep. He does good work, and proclaims Sabbath rest, and He calls you to rest in Him. He says, Peace, be still. Be still and know that I am God.
But secondly, your role, your job, your place in the body of Christ, your place here at Trinity flows out of this peace. You cannot give unless you have received. You can serve, unless you have been served. Some of you have the opposite problem. You are cowardly and lazy. You don’t serve, you don’t volunteer, you don’t give because you’re unsure, you don’t want to mess anything up, it’s hard, and it’s easier to just walk in here and walk right back out. But this means, you don’t really understand what you’re being given. You don’t understand what’s being handed to you, what’s being proclaimed to you, what you’re putting in your mouth and swallowing.
And this is the point: we are here to worship Jesus, God’s Son, crucified for sinners, raised from the dead to renew the whole world. This is at once the kind of news that makes you sit down and take a deep breath and laugh because it’s really too good to be true, and it implants in you, the kind of joy and peace that makes you want to live every moment for Him. That’s what this meal means. So come eat and drink. Believe in Jesus and live for Him.