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Summary: The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming. (BF&M 2000)

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Back to the Basics – Lord’s Supper

June 3, 2012 Morning Service

Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK

Rick Boyne

Message Point: The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming. (BF&M 2000)

Focus Passage: Exodus 12:1-13

Supplemental Passage: While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is My body." And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. "But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom." After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. (Matthew 26:26-30 NASB)

Introduction: The Hebrew word in the Old Testament translated as “atonement” was actually a word which meant “to cover up.” The purpose of the animal sacrifices offered in the Temple was to “cover” over one’s sins. In the New Testament the concept of atoning sacrifice is “to put away.” Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf did not merely “cover over” our sins, rather it removed them.

Trash, placed in a trash can, is covered up. But it isn't removed until the trash collector comes to haul it away. Passover provides a picture of sin being covered, but not yet removed. Man's sins would not be removed until Christ came, as John the Baptist explained, "to take away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). Passover covered sins, Easter removed them. Illustration Exchange

I. Blood of the Lamb (fleeing Egypt)

a. The 10th plague was to be the most severe on the Egyptians

b. God commanded the Hebrews to spread the blood of a lamb on their doorposts so that when the angel of death came and saw the blood, it would pass over them, and they would be spared

c. God commanded the Hebrews to remember this event with an annual Passover meal that is celebrated to this day

II. Blood of the Lamb (new covenant)

a. Jesus was excited to share the Passover with His disciples. “And He said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;” (Luke 22:15 NASB)

b. With this Passover, Jesus was declaring the new covenant, that is, that grace is poured out to us through the blood of the Lamb of God

c. He used the food at hand to illustrate or symbolize the new covenant that His body would be broken and He would suffer and His blood would be poured out and we would reap the benefit of grace by the power of God

III. Blood of the Lamb (forgiveness of sins)

a. The next day he [John the Baptizer] *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29 NASB)

b. Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, "My father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." And he said, "Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?" Abraham said, "God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." So the two of them walked on together. (Genesis 22:7-8 NASB)

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