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8-21-2015 “Fruit of the Vine”

Jesus gave new meaning to the pure elements of the Jewish Passover Meal. Under Moses, all leaven (yeast!) was removed from everything within their house, before and during this observance (Deuteronomy 16:1-8). Therefore, the “fruit of the vine” which represents His blood was completely without alcoholic content! The “bread” (without yeast!) represents His body. He then declared: “Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God'” (Mark 14:22-25 NKJV). The only expression Jesus used for the cup contents He took from the Passover Table to represent His blood was “fruit of the vine.” That’s as fresh from grapes as one may find. His complete sacrifice purchased the church of Christ (Acts 20:28 NKJV). Are you in it?

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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4-30-2015 The Lord-less Supper

Jesus took the Jewish Passover elements and gave them new meaning for those in His kingdom. The unleavened bread is to remember His body, “the fruit of the vine” is to remember His “blood, which is shed for you” (Luke 22:18-20). Paul taught Christians, “as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26 NKJV), and met with disciples “on the first day of the week” “to break bread” (Acts 20:7). Jesus’ death has not properly been remembered by Christians without this weekly observance. Changing the elements, their meaning, or the time of observance, removes Jesus Christ from His Supper! Christians are those who have been baptized into Christ Jesus’ death (Romans 6:3 NKJV). Salvation before baptism removes Jesus from baptism.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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