The Lord’s Supper
What is it?
Instituted by Jesus just hours before His death.
We are commanded to repeat it at frequent intervals until the 2nd coming.
1. It takes the place of the Passover for Christians.
a. Christ is our Passover lamb, Sacrificed to rebuke the Destroyer 1 Cor 5:7
2. It is commemorative: Do this in remembrance of me – Luke 22:19
a. It is a time when we should deeply consider the atoning death of Christ.
i. The death is the focal point of all history.
b. This is my body and this cup is the new covenant in my blood:
i. The elements are symbolic only to serve as reminders.
3. It is inspirational:
a. We are reminded that by faith we may enter into the benefits of Christ’s death and resurrection
b. By participating, we are repeatedly identifying ourselves with Him and his death and resurrection.
c. We are reminded that we have the victory over sin and can avoid every kind of evil. (1 Th 5:22)
4. It promotes Thanksgiving:
a. It is an opportunity to thank God for all the blessings that are ours because of Jesus’ death on the cross.
5. It promotes Fellowship:
a. With the Father and His Son
b. Jesus was the host at the original supper, and today He is the unseen host of every Lord’s supper.
c. With other believers
6. It proclaims the new covenant:
a. By participating we assert our purpose:
i. to make Jesus Lord
ii. To do His will
iii. Take up our cross daily to follow him
iv. To fulfill his great commission.
7. It points to his return:
a. Jesus promises to “drink it anew” Mark 14:25
i. Reference to his return
We must partake worthily. With proper attitude and frame of mind. It should cause us to focus on the sacrifice and holiness of Christ.
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