Summary: Lord’s Supper with footwashing service. Footwashing reminds us of our responsibility to serve one another as Christ served us
Lord’s Supper - 2003
We are here tonight to celebrate Jesus’ saving work on our behalf
• in the same way God instituted the Feast of Passover to commemorate His saving work in delivering Israel from Egypt, now Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper to commemorate his saving work in delivering mankind from sin
• This significance of the Lord’s Supper over the Passover celebration is only appreciated when we consider the cost to God of both events
• Deliverance from Egypt cost God a few miracles, whereas the deliverance from sin cost God the life of his very Son
• Another significant benefit of the Lord’s Supper and what it represents is that the Blood of Jesus has real power over sin
• We know from the book of Hebrews that no one can be saved by the blood of an animal
• Hebrews 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.
• But Jesus, the true sacrificial lamb has real power over sin
• Hebrews 10:10-12 And what God wants is for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all time.11 Under the old covenant, the priest stands before the altar day after day, offering sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12 But our High Priest offered himself to God as one sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down at the place of highest honor at God’s right hand.
• His sacrifice was sufficient. He fulfilled what all the thousands of animals offered over the 1200 year period could not do
• And he sat down at God’s right hand signifying his saving work was completed
• Jesus put an end to the Passover by becoming the true Passover Lamb. But he also instituted the Lord’s Supper as a permanent reminder of his sacrifice on our behalf
• So it should be with great reverence and deep gratitude that we approach this event
As we partake of this service tonight, it is really a rehearsal of many of the themes of the true gospel of Jesus Christ
• The bread and the wine may be simple symbols, but they represent powerful aspects of the gospel
So what should this service signify for us – seven aspects
1. Humility and service:
• While the disciples were arguing about who would be the greatest, Jesus quietly picked up the bowl and the towel near the door and started washing the disciples feet
• John 13:1-17 1 It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. 2 The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. (Normally the job of the lowest servant in the house) 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me 9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” 10 Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. 12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.