We feasted on God’s Word yesterday. My son-in-law was the guest Bible Study leader. We explored “the blood of the covenant,” working through Exodus, Leviticus, Hebrews, and Christ’s words of institution of the sacrament. We saw how the Old Testament sacrifices, centering on the application of blood, gave access to the presence of God, granted forgiveness of sin, and bestowed holiness. All of that was fulfilled in Christ’s sacrifice and is communicated to us in the blood of the Lord’s Supper. It was amazing to consider the unity of Scripture and the way the Old Testament illuminates the New.
Then, the sermon was about Peter’s failed attempt to walk on water. That passage shows us much about faith. We are usually too quick to criticize Peter’s failure, which led to the faith that really mattered. “If Peter did not sink,” said Pastor Douthwaite, “he would not have cried out”: “‘Lord, save me.’” Then followed a connection to our own sinking in Baptism. (Read the whole sermon here. FW, you will love it.)