Our scripture this week contains a compelling image, that of a potter working with clay. As a sort of parable, the Lord instructs Jeremiah to go to a local potter’s house and watch him. Jeremiah sees that as the potter is fashioning the clay, there is a blemish that he finds unacceptable. Rather than leaving this vessel marred as it is, he entirely reworks it, and shapes it into a different pot. God’s point is that he is The Potter, the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of all. Just as this lowly potter has the right to shape his vessels as he wills, the Lord has the right to shape his people as he wills. This idea does not bode well among us westerners who are constantly concerned with the expansion of personal rights. And so we harden against the hand of the potter, rather than softening to his will. True freedom, however, is found in submitting to God’s hand. Let’s prepare and come with repentant hearts to worship our God and King, the True Potter, this Lord’s Day.
Scripture: Jeremiah 18:1-19:15
Sermon: “Be the Clay”
THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
In preparation for a communion meal with Jesus, read what the Heidelberg Catechism says about communion, questions 75 & 76:
Q. How does the Lord’s Supper signify and seal to you that you share in Christ’s one sacrifice on the cross and in all His gifts?
A. In this way: Christ has commanded me and all believers to eat of this broken bread and drink of this cup in remembrance of Him. With this command He gave these promises: First, as surely as I see with my eyes the bread of the Lord broken for me and the cup given to me, so surely was His body offered for me and His blood poured out for me on the cross. Second, as surely as I receive from the hand of the minister and taste with my mouth the bread and the cup of the Lord as sure signs of Christ’s body and blood, so surely does He Himself nourish and refresh my soul to everlasting life with His crucified body and shed blood.
Q. What does it mean to eat the crucified body of Christ and to drink His shed blood?
A. First, to accept with a believing heart all the suffering and the death of Christ, and so receive forgiveness of sins and life eternal. Second, to be united more and more to His sacred body through the Holy Spirit, who lives both in Christ and in us. Therefore, although Christ is in heaven and we are on earth, yet we are flesh of His flesh and bone of His bones, and we forever live and are governed by one Spirit, as the members of our body are by one soul.