Summary: Holy Communion Sermon
THIS DO IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME
23. For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
24. and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’’
25. In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’’
26. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
27. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup.
29. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
30. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
31. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
32. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
There are only two ordinances which we Assembly of God adherents recognize. The word Ordinance means, “A law, or something prescribed.” In other words, we recognize only two rituals as being prescribed by the Word of God. The first is the ordinance of baptism by immersion and the other is the Lord’s Supper, Communion, or Holy Eucharist.
Baptism is a symbolic act that portrays what Jesus has done for the believer in salvation. It is a picture of a person dying out to an old life of sin and raising again to a new life of service to the Lord. It is an outward symbol of the inward work of God in the human spirit.
The Holy Communion Service, on the other hand, is a symbolic act that calls to mind the death, resurrection and promised return of the Lord Jesus Christ. When we take the bread and the cup, we are remembering the day when Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross, was buried, and rose again from the dead. The Holy Communion is a symbol of the eternal work God did through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
This morning, we will do what Christians have been doing for nearly 2,000 years. We will remember Jesus; what He did; why He did it and what it means for us. Since this is our first Holy Communion together; I want to take a few minutes to share with you the truth about what The Holy Eucharist is.
More than anything else, the Holy Communion service is a time of remembrance. That is why Jesus said, “This do in remembrance of Me.” And, that is the thought that I wish to magnify for a few minutes this morning. Allow me to share three facts regarding the nature of the Holy Communion as we think on the thought: This Do In Remembrance Of Me.
I. IT IS A TIME OF COMMEMORATION
(Ill. The word Commemorate means “to honor the memory of somebody or something in a ceremony; to serve as a memorial to something.” If the Lord’s Supper is anything, it is a memorial. It is a time to remember Jesus and what He did for us. The following is what we commemorate today.)
A. We Commemorate His Sufferings – Verses 24 and 25 talk about the “broken body” and the “blood” of Jesus. Both of these vivid phrases bring to mind suffering and pain. When we take the elements of the Lord’s Supper, we are to remember that Jesus Christ suffered horribly for us to save us from our sins. (Ill. Jesus suffered at the hands of man –
14. Just as many were astonished at you, so His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men;
Jesus suffered at the hands of God,
1. Who has believed our report? and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2. For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.
3. He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.