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Joining Jesus for Supper

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PO - John Wycliffe notes,
“He blessed his disciples and apostles, whom he had ordained witnesses of his passion, and in them he left his blessed word, which is the bread of life.”
We are blessed this morning to participate with one another and Christ Jesus as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
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A young minister, fresh from the Baptist seminary, was conducting his first baptismal service. In his nervousness, he got his Scriptures confused concerning baptism and the Lord’s Supper: I now baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. As he lowered the convert into the water, he added, And now drink ye all of it.

INTRO - The first Christians generally celebrated the Lord’s Supper with the accompaniment of a meal, called the “agape” or “love feast”.
Dictionary of Bible Themes 7933 Lord’s Supper

The commemoration and remembrance of Jesus Christ’s last supper, and all the benefits that result to believers. Other terms have been used subsequently by Christians, including “Communion” and “Eucharist”.

This is a celebration.
This is a special time.
This is the Lord’s Supper.
EST - Our test this morning will remind us of the the Passover Meal Jesus celebrated with his disciples.
ESS - Our message today will help us connect the OT and the NT with what we believe.
OSS - We will conclude our time with an invitation to the Lord’s table.
We will have a time of prayer to dedicate our lives over the course of the next 40 days leading up to Homecoming to God in a special way before we celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
TRANS - Let’s go back to that time where Jesus gives instruction for celebrating his last Passover meal.

What does it say?

Matthew 26:17–30 ESV
Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’ ” And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover. When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve. And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so.” Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

What does it mean?

Meals’s Midway Memo

While eating, Jesus took bread, held it up, and said, “Take eat; this is My body.”
The Passover bread was an important part of the Passover meal.
Hebrew women normally saved a piece of dough from an already fermented mix made in days prior.
They’d kneed it together with fresh flour.
The yeast from the old bread overtook the fresh dough.
When baked, the yeast-filled dough would rise to make a nice loaf of bread.
When God called the people from bondage in Egypt, they didn’t have time to bake bread with yeast.
So, they ate flat, or unleavened bread.
At the Passover meal, eating flat bread served to remind the people of the time God delivered them from bondage.
Exodus 13:8–9 ESV
You shall tell your son on that day, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ And it shall be to you as a sign on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the law of the Lord may be in your mouth. For with a strong hand the Lord has brought you out of Egypt.
The Passover celebration reminded the people of their freedom that night so long ago.
They recalled God’s provision for their protection.
In blood, one time, one night.
Okay, we’ve got the memo.
What else is here?

Meal’s Modern Meaning

In our passage, during the Passover mean, in what we term the “Lord’s Super,” Jesus gives the bread new meaning.
Today the bread reminds us that Jesus’ body was given for us.
Today we celebrate our deliverance from eternal bondage.
It is because of Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection from the tomb that we can have eternal life.
Eternal life is possible for all everyone who will believe.
That’s the memo and meaning.
Let’s move forward.

Meal’s Mandated Message

Matthew 26:27–28 ESV
And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
The disciples naturally thought of the lamb’s blood smeared on the doorposts when their ancestors were in Egypt.
They were getting ready for the 10th plague.
God told the Israelites to to put Passover lamb blood on two doorposts and on the lintel of their homes.
God made a covenant with Israelites that said when the angel of death saw the blood, it would “pass over” that house and not kill the first borne son.
However, if there was no blood, the angle would kill their first born son.
Exodus 12:13 ESV
The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.
The disciples drank the blood remembering that covenant.
Just as Jesus gave the bread new meaning, the blood is, also, given new meaning.
Today the wine is symbolic of a new covenant.
During the meal, Jesus said the blood now symbolizes more than just one night of salvation, but not is celebrates eternal salvation.
1 Peter 1:18–19 ESV
knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
So there we have the memo, meaning, and the message.
Let’s now look to how we apply this in our lives.

Master’s Morning Meal

This morning we take the bread and commemorate Jesus’ broken body.
We celebrate our deliverance from eternal bondage.
Then, we take the drink and remember Jesus saves.
We celebrate our eternal salvation.
This is a great day for celebration for everyone who is forgiven of sins and know the promise of salvation.
Do your recall the time when you accepted Jesus as Savior and submitted to Him as Lord?
Note that I didn’t ask if you consider yourself a Christian?
Nor, did I ask if you were brought up in the church.
Nor, did I ask if you do good things or live a good life.
I asked a specific questions that only has a yes or no answer.
Has there been a time in your life when you accepted Jesus as Savior and submitted to Him as Lord?
Romans 10:9 ESV
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans clearly says that salvation is possible, but that it is conditional.
To be saved requires two things:
believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead
confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord
Do you believe deep down in the gospel message that Jesus died on the cross for your sins?
That His body was broken and that He rose from the grave?
If you do, have you confessed with your mouth that He is your Lord?
That action puts your faith to practice.
Because you believe He rose from the dead and that He is Lord over life and death you publically decide to let everyone know He is your Lord.
Have you made that decision?

What is God asking from me?

If you have, then do what Scripture says:
1 Corinthians 11:26–28 ESV
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
I want you to examine yourself before we celebrate.
Use this time to do that.
Don’t look to others, but test yourself.
Examine yourself.
If you have not made that decision, do so this morning.
Why put it off any longer?
I’ll be here ready and hoping to pray quietly with you.
When we stand, step out and up here and tell me that you want Jesus to be your Lord and we will pray.
Maybe you have to make other decisions.
I want to talk with you too.
I want to talk with you about being baptized or becoming a member of our church.
If you haven’t made the decision about how to dedicate yourself in the next 40 days, do that now.
Take this time to dedicate yourself during the next 40 days as you have decided to do so in your heart.
As we talk to God this morning, ask for His blessing, come it His presence, remember this is a very special time whenever we prepare for the Lord’s Supper.
Regardless of your decision, please make it as we get ready for the Lord’s table.
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