Summary: Take a look into what exactly happened to this world at the death of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Celebrating His Death
Introduction: We are celebrating the Lord’s Supper today in our service: I would like to seek to grasp the heart today of why communion is important to God – and one of the two ordinances that He has left us to practice in the church.
Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote a rather lengthy letter to the Corinthians in which he sought to address a few problems that were going on in the church body there.
Corinth was a city given over to idolatry, immorality, arrogance, and paganism – throughout the letter we see how these sinful attributes had infiltrated the church, weakening and destroying it from the inside out!
It is interesting to me that though this is a rather negative epistle – written to address these believers’ incredible carnality, it also tells this church how incredibly gifted it was!
1 Corinthians 1:3-7 3Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 4I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; 5That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; 6Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
He spends an entire chapter – (chapter 12) explaining how these gifts are to function within the body to profit the entire body:
1 Corinthians 12:4-7 4Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
It is in the context of this teaching that God proceeds to address this practice of communion within the church. That is where I would like to begin today:
1 Corinthians 10:15-17 15I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. 16The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
It is His body that was broken for us – it was His blood that was shed – so that we might have the forgiveness of sins.
Because Christ was that “sinless lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world” John 1:29
Because He took our sin upon Him – as He was “made sin for us who knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of Christ in Him”. 2 Corinthians 5:21
It was His DEATH that paid the price for our sin and made atonement for us with our Heavenly Father.
It is at the Lord’s Table in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper that we celebrate His death – until He returns.
1 Corinthians 11:26 26For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.
So today – in celebration of the death of Christ – I want to take a deep look at exactly what happened when Jesus died – what actually happened and how did people respond to it?