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.
This do—was the way of showing forth his death. And His death was made possible by His birth, and made meaningful by His life. He was born to die, that we might live!
-This death was made monumental by His resurrection!
[birth, life, death, then breath!]
Christ conquered death, hell, and the grave…and so His gift continues giving to us eternally!
then we have
• CHRISTMAS PRESENT—Remember the Lord’s steps [and walk in them]
The word “communion” is an action word which means: “fellowship, participate in, share together, have in common.”
The observance is not simply keeping a dead memory alive. It is entering into the presence of one who lived, died, was raised from the dead by the power of God, and is alive forevermore.
Above all that He is present with us always and is represented here and now—at the table.
therefore I say that Christmas should be much more about this table than the stable pf long ago
Jesus wanted to have communion with His disciples.
He wanted them to think often of Him.
He wanted them to walk as He walked…
and He wants us to, as well.
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.
He left us here to continue His work and legacy and He promised in…
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
We are a fellowship of believers.