“Come Let Us Break Bread Together”
Naturally my mind began to think about the Lord’s Supper when on the night He was betrayed took bread: and when He had given thanks, he break it and said , Take eat: this is my body, which is broken for you, then he took the cup and said this is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye do this show forth the Lord’s death until He comes.
If we look at this topic “Come Let Us Break Bread Together” and begin to analyze it we will begin to understand a few things.
Come: - The word come is a verb, it’s a word of action. According to “Webster’s Dictionary” it simply means an invitation to move into vicinity, to advance toward, to enter into, to take on the aspect of with a specified purpose.
Example: - When Jesus was walking on the water and Peter said “Lord if it be thou you bid me to come”. Jesus said, “come”. It was the invitation for Peter to begin to move toward the vicinity of Jesus with the specified purpose to get to Him.
Let: - The word let simply means to permit, allow, and grant, to free from confinement.
Example: - Peter had to let himself be freed from the confinement of the physical man, let or allow himself to move into the vicinity of the spiritual realm in order that he may be able to move with a specified purpose toward Jesus Christ.
Break: - The word break means to render or to separate.
Example: - Peter had to separate, break himself away from the rest of the disciples in order to be able to move into another realm.
That’s why the Bible says come out from among them and be ye separate saith the Lord.
Bread: - Bread is food, sustenance, or livelihood.
Example: - In John 6 Jesus said I am the bread of life, he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” When Jesus said to Peter come, He was inviting Peter to move toward that life source, the bread of life Himself Jesus Christ.
Come Let Us Break Bread Together
However there are 2 words that stand out that God wants His people to understand and they are “Us” and “Together”.
Us: - Let’s one understand that it’s not just me or not just you. It states the fact that there’s more than just one person. It incorporates the minimum requirement in order to get in contact with God or for God to show up. Matthew 18:20 says “For where two or three are gathered together in my name there am I in the midst of them.” The minimum requirement necessary. I’ll get back to that.
Together: - means collectively, combined, unified, in agreement or harmony with. It states the fact that there must be relationship.
Relationship: - is the state of affairs existing between those having dealings with each other.
**We are living in what the Bible calls perilous times. Wrong is being called right and right is being called wrong. People’s conscience is as though it has been seared with a hot iron. Morality and decency are words that now must be looked up in a dictionary instead of portrayed by society. We now have homosexuals being established in the church; the 10 commandments are being taken out of public facilities. The voice of sin is allowed to be heard triumphantly, while the voice of the church is being silenced. The more perverse, degrading, and unlike God something is the more we tend to like it. Our society is starting to dictate how our relationship with God should be. Realize that this is not the time for individualism, this is not the tie for spiritual separation, this is not the time for denominational disharmony, but this is the time that we the church, the children of God, those that are called by His name according to His purpose to come together and develop our relationships. Understand that no man, woman, denomination, or organization is an island and no one stands alone. The song by Hezikiah Walker says, “I need you”. I need you, you need me, we are all a part of God’s body, stand with me agree with me we’re all apart of God’s body. It emphasizes that there must be relationship.**
We find in our text that Jesus is talking to His disciples in a parable. A parable is a natural story with a spiritual meaning.
He tells His disciples that a certain man gave a great feast, in other words “Come let us break bread together”. Then he sent his servant to tell all them that he had invited to come for all things were now ready. However the people with one consent began to make excuses on why they could not attend the feast. One said I bought a piece of land and must go see it. Which indicates a bad businessman to buy something sight unseen.
The second said I bought 5 yoke of oxen and I need go prove them. Stupid, you should have done that before you bought them. How you going to know if they are able to work together.
The 3rd said I have married a wife and therefore I cannot come. They all gave excuses on why they could not come to the feast. Eventhough they all had different excuses, they all had a common denominator and that was they all said I, singular.
The reason that they all were able to say I was because they did not have a relationship with the man that had the feast and because they did not have a relationship they came up with excuses.
**Understand that Excuses = lack of relationship.**
WATCH THIS: If you are always making excuses on why you can not go to Bible Class. If you are always making excuses on why you can not attend Sunday school. If you are always making excuses on why you can not go to prayer meeting, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s because you don’t have a relationship with God. Sure you may say you do, you may even get the attitude and say well you don’t know my heart, but if you constantly are making excuses you don’t have a relationship. You may have a form of godliness, but you don’t have a relationship with Him.
Come Let Us Break Bread Together requires relationship. If there is no relationship there can be no breaking of bread, no partaking in that life sustaining activity.
Someone maybe saying what are you talking about preacher relationship. Our world is based upon relationship, how one thing relates to another has all the world to do with function and productivity. Understand that you cannot have reproduction without relationship. Relationship is what we operate within. God the creator, became God the Psychologist and said in Genesis “It’s is not good that man should be alone.” Then God the Psychologist became God the anastegeologist and caused a deep sleep to come upon Adam, then God the Anastegeologist became God the bone surgeon and removed a rib from Adams side, then God the bone surgeon became God the creator again and made woman, then God the creator became God the father and presented her to Adam, then God the father became God the Preacher and said dearly beloved be fruitful and multiply, this was all done to establish relationship.
Example: - If I am in need of something I cannot go to the Kennedy’s and say I need this or I need that because there is no relationship. However I can go to my brother and say I need this or I need that and because there is relationship and since there is relationship the function and productivity of what I have need of can be fulfilled why because there is relationship.
Example: - If you or your loved one is in the hospital and you call up one of the big time Tele-preachers and say I need you to come and see about me, they will probably say, I’ll pray for you, but since we don’t have a relationship I can’t come see about you. But call up your pastor, even at 3:00 in the morning and say I need you, they will be there why, because there is relationship.
That’s why the Bible says fail not assemble yourself together, there must be relationship.
Many people in church today do not understand the importance of relationship with God and man and therefore place themselves in the place of God, trying to do that which only God can do. They try to bless themselves, promote themselves, answer their own prayers, establish their own ministries themselves, because they don’t understand relationship. They don’t have the proper relationship with God and feel in their minds that God is not moving fast enough so they try to make God look good by human efforts and it can’t be done.
A relationship with God requires that: -
You meet God. This doesn’t mean that you have to visibly see Him, but that He reveals Himself to our eyes of understanding. It doesn’t matter how many books you read, or which seminary your go to, it doesn’t matter if you get to carry the brief case of some super preacher, you cannot study God. God is a spirit and He reveals Himself to you. In order for Him to reveal Himself to you there must be relationship.
It requires that you hear God. This doesn’t mean that you will hear and audible voice all the time, but you hear what he is saying to you in His word. God is constantly speaking to us through His word, the problem is that we don’t want to hear what He is saying, why the lack of relationship.
It requires that we get close to Him. This is not a matter of location naturally, but spiritually. Understand that this doesn’t mean O.K. I’ll got o church Sunday, that will get me close to God. You can go to church 7 days a week and still not be close to God. James 4:8 says “Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you.” The word nigh means close, we accomplish this by fasting, praying, and reading the Word of God.
Once we have done this you have established your relationship. Once your relationship has been established then it has to go through a growing process.
A process is something marked by gradual changes that leads to a particular result, a series of actions or operations directed toward a particular outcome. It’s the steps in doing something that will bring you to the completed result, in this case a mature relationship.
Example: It’s just like in a marriage, your relationship goes through many different things and with each process, you and your companion grow stronger and closer together until finally you are able to say that our relationship has grown.
The stuff that you are going through is all part of the process to mature your relationship.
If we go over to the 15th chapter of St. John in the 5th verse we see that Jesus is once again talking to His disciples and He says “I am the vine and ye are the branches”. He is explaining relationship.
In the book of Romans 11:17 Paul says “And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou being a wild olive tree wert grafted in among them and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree.”
The word “Grafted” means to be inserted, transplanted, spliced, embedded, fixed, joined, and attached.
In order for something to be grafted into something, the bark first must be removed from that which it is being grafted into, and then it must be cut. The piece that is being grafted in is then inserted and must establish a relationship with the one that it is grafted into. In others words it must become a part of it.
Isaiah 53:5 says “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Thank God for the Roman solider that pierced him in His side, for he open they way for you and I to be grafted in. Now I have relationship.
If we look at verse 15 of the 15th chapter of St. John the Bible says “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” This is the turning point of our relationship.
WATCH THIS: Servants DO NOT GET TO EAT AT THE TABLE WITH THE MASTER, BUT FRIENDS DO.
Come let us break bread together. My relationship is friend. Now that He’s my friend I can say like David said, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil.” Why cause I got my friend.
In the movie Scar-face Al Pachino said “let me introduce you to my little friend”. Well baby let me introduce you to my friend; He’s not so little, but boy is he bad. He’s so bad that I don’t have to be afraid for the terror by night, nor for the arrow that flieth by day, nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor for the destruction that wasteth at noon day. Why because I got my friend. I don’t even think it strange when fiery trails come cause I got my friend. He’s a friend that stick closer than a brother. He’s a friend that will never leave me. Can’t no body do me like Jesus He’s my friend. His name is JESUS.
Elder Melvin l. Maughmer, Jr.