In the name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Indeed the Sanhedrin—the Jewish ruling council—had heard nothing from His own lips. For they had stopped up their ears. (Luke 22:27-28) No matter He said they would not hear it clearly, and would not believe it. Nor would they answer Him a thing. Not one thing in faith. They would not even yield one answer, for fear of Him trapping them. And boy did He trap them! For the one thing they heard was, “From now on Son of Man will be sitting at right hand of power of God.” (Luke 22:69) i.e., the right hand man, the ruler for God. Often times the place where a prince, a son of a king sits as he begins to wield authority on father’s behalf before he inherits the kingdom.
And they take bait, saying, “Therefore you are the son of God.” (Luke 22:70a) By which they probably mean, “Are you making yourself to be the Son of God?” But our Lord on trial for His life, quips, “You say that I AM!” (Luke 22:70b) For what they meant as an unbelieving question was the truth. And He tells them it is true in no uncertain terms. For the precise way He says “I AM” is the very holy name of God. He cuts through it all and leaves no uncertainty. “I AM He.” The Son of God. To which they declare, “We have heard it from His own lips!”—and from their own lips, for they spoke the truth. He is therefore the Son of God. That being so, you had better listen to Him. (Mark 9:7; Matthew 17:5; Luke 9:35)
But they would not. They stopped up their ears. They ran around like manic toddlers, fingers shoved in ears shouting, “I’m not listening.” (Luke 22:71) For when you’ve lost an argument, but refuse to concede, this is all that is left: childish displays of defiance.
He knew and they knew who He was. They refused to believe. Just as He had said (Luke 22:67) to their everlasting shame.
For these words of theirs, “We have heard these things from His own lips,” are such glorious words. For they heard who He was—God’s Son, the beloved, the one to whom we must listen for life and salvation. (Mark 9:7; Matthew 17:5; Luke 9:35)
Tonight we have heard even more glorious things from His lips. We heard how He had acted in the Old Testament, in the time of Moses, giving Moses and the 12 tribes of Israel a meal of salvation. (Exod. 12:1-14) So that by shedding of a lamb’s blood their lives would be passed over and spared. (Exod. 12:6-7, 13) The same Lord who had given that meal and those directives to Moses now appears in the midst of His 12 disciples, a new Moses, updating that same meal. Transforming that meal of salvation into not merely an historical meal of remembrance of their salvation, but a whole new meal. A whole new testament. (1 Cor. 11:25) An ongoing testament. An eternal testament based on the blood of the Lamb of God who takes away sins of the world. (John 1:29) So that by eating that Lamb’s body and drinking its blood into yourself, the doors of your hearts are marked by that Lamb’s blood. Your sin is passed over. Your life is spared.
We’ve heard it from His own lips. Are you like the Sanhedrin? You won’t believe no matter what you hear? Or against all logic has the Holy Spirit worked faith in you? That what He says just might actually be true. That this bread and wine, this new meal gives us His New Testament, His blood of the new covenant which forgives sins! (1 Cor. 11:25)
For we have heard it directly from Him—through the eye witnesses He commissioned to tell the world. (Ac. 1:21-26; Luke 24:45-48) Blessed are those who have not seen yet have believed. (John 20:29) For this Gospel of the saving blood of Jesus is the power of God unto salvation. (Rom. 1:16) faith comes by hearing these words. (Rom. 10:17) The New Testament comes by eating His meal. Just as His words say: doing this often. (1 Cor. 11:25)
Comfort is yours. From the accusations of your conscience. from the impurity of your flesh, of what you have done, of what has been done to you. For you have heard it from His own lips. He grants you His flesh and blood. That your sins be forgiven. Remitted. Paid for. Like a bill that has been paid on your behalf. Sins sent away from you. Like your chains when your tormentors and captors sent running by the allies come to free you. Removed from you like filthy rags stripped from a hit-and-run being tended by a gentle surgeon tending all your wounds. Dressing them in clean bandages and clothes. So that when you wake from the nightmare of suffering, you are in the clean, clear, beautiful light of a quiet recovery room that you inhabit spiritually. No longer the filthy dark gutters of this world.
For that’s what this meal is given for. For healing. For renewal. For strength. For clothing you in righteousness. For giving you a hope and a future. We have heard it from His own lips. His Spirit has caused you to believe it. And now we receive Him on our lips for life and salvation. For where there is the forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.
In +Jesus’ name, Amen.