Steve Preston’s BibleTalk on the Lord’s Supper. Any thoughts on the supper are good to consider, these especially so.
One avenue of worship to God is what we call the Lord’s Supper. It is a reflection of what our Lord Jesus has done for us. When we partake of the bread and the fruit of the vine, we are partaking of that sacrifice that was made for our sins. It is an act of worship that is as important as anything else that we might do during the assembly. This lesson will focus on two things that the Lord’s Supper does for us.
First, partaking of the Lord’s Supper reminds us of Jesus’ death. 1 Cor. 11:26 says “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” What was so important about the death of Christ that it needed to be remembered “often”? The death of Christ is what gives each of us a chance to make it to heaven. His death was the greatest sacrifice, the only sacrifice that could make atonement for our sins. Christ is the only man that has ever lived on the earth that didn’t deserve to die. In a similar fashion to the passage in I Cor., Luke 22:19-20 tells us that Jesus “took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” Jesus was preparing His disciples for what was about to happen. He gave His body for the life of the world. Jesus shed His precious blood for us even while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:6-8; Matthew 26:28).
Secondly, the Lord’s Supper reminds us that we are sinners in need of saving. “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). If not for man’s sin, Jesus would have remained in heaven (Psalm 8:4-5). Matthew 20:28 declares “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Sin has “kidnapped” man and the blood of Jesus was the ransom. Jesus was the only one that could have paid the debt. Scripture also tells us that “.almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22). There was no other way for our sins to be remitted but by the blood of Christ. Hebrews 9:28 reinforces this idea by saying “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many.”
Partaking of the Lord’s Supper is a very solemn event. It is a time when we look back to the sacrifice that Jesus made for all people for all time. As we consume the bread and the fruit of the vine, let us meditate on the death of our saviour and pray to the Father thanking Him for giving up His only Son that we might be saved. Hebrews 10:18 tells us there is now no more offering for sin since our Lord offered Himself. The Lord’s Supper helps us to remember the offering that Jesus made.
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