Summary: christmas communion
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From the Stable to the Table [Last Supper]
as we get ready to take of communion
Tonight I want to remind all of you that Christ was ’born to die.’
Lying in the manger within a stable in Bethlehem is the first gift of Christmas, wrapped in swaddling clothes.
Over the next 33 years much would happen, leading from the stable to that table upon which the Last Supper was served.
On the front of this communion table are found the words, “This do in remembrance of Me.” When we come to observe this ordinance, it should be a time of remembrance of the difference Christ made—past, present, and future.
Now we don’t need some ghost to escort us, through christmas past, present, and future like you see in the movies
we only need God’s Word and His Holy Spirit, so that we may remember:
• CHRISTMAS PAST—Remember the Lord’s death
Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
-The lords death was only made possible by His birth
There’s something special about little babies…so precious and perfect, so simple and serene. And that paper soft skin, and that smell! To watch a newborn sleep strengthens your soul, and you’d think this little one doesn’t even have a sin nature…and then, they start to cry, and the smell changes drastically, and reality sets in!
Mary’s little Lamb was the first truly spotless lamb.
The Old Testament centered on the sacrifice of unblemished lambs.
Jesus was to be the “once and for all” Lamb.
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Christ was God’s gift for our redemption.
Made possible by His birth…
-his death was made meaningful by His life
It was Christmas Past when that tiny gift was presented to the world, and that gift kept on giving as He kept not sinning.
Perfect was this Lamb, living the life sinful man could not live.
And He saved just as He gave gifts to all who would believe on Him—all who would unwrap God’s gift of the Savior…in Christmases Past!
as it got close to time of his death
Jesus desired to have a few last hours with His disciples to instruct them on some last things.