Summary: By first looking at the mechanics of the Lord’s Supper, we can then move on to understand the truths associated with it.
The Lord’s Supper: A Spiritual Banquet
1. Mark’s account is by far the shortest account of the Lord’s Supper. Even Paul’s account in I Corinthians 11 is longer.
The Lord’s Supper has always been an important and distinctive part of Christian worship. Early in church history, however, it became over-emphasized and eventually became the focus. As time went on, superstition and faith were confused, and people embraced the idea that we could control the spiritual by manipulating the physical. Things like relics or crosses could ward off demons or, later, vampires.
Once we embrace superstition, we can misinterpret so much.
2. Her husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months yet she stayed by his bedside every single day. When he came to, he motioned for her to come nearer. As she sat by him, he said, "You know what? You have been with me all through the bad times. When I got fired, you were there to support me. When my business fell, you were there. When I got shot, you were by my side. When we lost the house, you gave me support. When my health started failing, you were still by my side. Well, now that I think about it, I think you're a jinx!
3. In reality, the wife’s presence was a beautiful thing. So God’s ordinances are beautiful; we must not throw out the baby with the bath water. We simply need to understand things God’s way — not try to over correct to atone for previous error.
4. The Biblical ritual known as the Lord’s Supper, Communion, Eucharist, is grounded not in medieval tradition, but Jewish backgrounds. Best understood.
5. Two rituals we call ordinances (aka sacraments) were clearly given for Jesus’ followers to practice. Baptism is our public identification for Christ and pictures that we identify with Jesus death for our sins, His burial, and His resurrection. It also confesses our belief that the One God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
4. The Lord’s Supper renews our focus upon the atoning work of Jesus who allowed His body to be broken and His blood shed for our salvation.
Main Idea: By first looking at the mechanics of the Lord’s Supper, we can then move on to understand the truths associated with it.
I. The MECHANICS of the Lord’s Supper
A. Part of the PASSOVER meal [Photo 1 Passover]
1. The origin of Passover
2. Two elements were taken from the Passover meal and developed as a more frequent ritual.
B. The MATZOH (unleavened bread) & CUP were prophetic of Jesus’ atoning death (22-23) [photo 2 Matzoh]
1. The three matzohs — represent the Trinity
2. Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth.
3. The third cup — the cup of redemption
4. Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine.
C. This PICTURES the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf [photo 3 Jesus Sacrifice]
1. The Jews would say over the bread, “This is the bread of affliction our ancestors ate when they came from Egypt.” In the language Jesus spoke (combo of Hebrew and Aramaic), no distinction between “is” and “represents.” Jesus alters the representation of these elements of Passover.