|THE LORD’S SUPPER
- 1 Cor 11:23 (KJV) For I have received of the Lord that which also I
delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was
betrayed took bread:
- 1 Cor 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take,
eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of
- 1 Cor 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had
supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye,
as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 1 Cor 11:26 (KJV) For as
often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's
death till he come. 1 Cor 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this
bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of
the body and blood of the Lord.
- 1 Cor 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that
bread, and drink of that cup. 1 Cor 11:29 For he that eateth and
drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not
discerning the Lord's body.1 Cor 11:30 For this cause many are weak and
sickly among you, and many sleep. 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves,
we should not be judged.
INTRO: On the front of the communion table are usually found the words,
“This do in remembrance of Me.” When we come to observe this ordinance,
it should be a time of remembrance. Remembrance in three things:
PAST—Show the Lord’s death; PRESENT—Communion with Christ now; and
FUTURE—Till He comes.
I. PAST TENSE—SHOW THE LORD’S DEATH.
In the O. T. worship centered in the sacrifice of unblemished lambs.
Jesus was to be the Passover Lamb. He was God’s provision for our
He desired to have a few last hours with His disciples to instruct them
of some last things. This do—was the way of showing forth his death.
At the Lord’s table we call to mind the high cost of our Salvation.
While it is free to us, it cost Christ dearly—His very body and life’s
II. PRESENT TENSE—COMMUNICATION WITH CHRIST NOW.
The word communion is an action word, which means: “fellowship,
participating in, sharing together, having in common.” The observance is
not simply keeping a dead memory alive. It is entering into the presence
of one who lived, died, was raised from the dead by the power of God,
and is alive forevermore. Above all that He is present with us here and
Jesus wanted to have communion with His disciples. He wanted them to
think often of Him.
We are a fellowship of believers. When we sit at the Lord’s table, it is
as if we were present with Jesus during that final meal. Most
definitely, he is with us.
III. FUTURE TENSE—TILL HE COMES.
1 Cor. 11:26 “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye
do show forth the Lord’s death till he comes.” You proclaim the Lord’s
death “Till He Comes.”
Did three words ever tell more?
Jesus spoke of His coming kingdom. He was preparing the disciples for
the work ahead. They did not fully understand what Jesus was telling
them, but they were faithful.
When we partake of the Lord’s Supper, we are to remember the promise of
His return. We have our instructions from Jesus the same as the
disciples had their instructions. Are we as faithful as they were?
Thanksgiving. It is important that we offer thanks to God for Jesus as
we sit at His table.
FOUR GREAT TRUTHS WE LEARN FROM THE LORD’S SUPPER
“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and
gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is My body."
"Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,
"Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:26-28
There are many great truths embodied in the Scriptures that refer to
the Lord’s Supper. Four of these truths are abundantly seen.
I. Paul received revelation.
A. Gave it to the Church.
1. Jesus gave thanks.
B. Jesus broke the bread.
1. His body.
- 1 Pet 2:24 (KJV) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the
tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by
whose stripes ye were healed.
- 1 Pet 2:25 (KJV) For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned
unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
a. In prophesy: Isa 53:5 (KJV) 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.
II. The Cup.
1 John 1:7 (KJV) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we
have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
A. Our responsibility to walk in the light.
III. As often, not as seldom.
A. Smith Wiggleworth lived in divine health. He had communion with Jesus.
Every morning even if he only had Tea and toast.
IV. We need to examine one’s self: Psa 139:23 (KJV) Search me, O God,
and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
V. We need to discern the Lord’s body.
A: Many do not see what God has provided for us in the church!
B: For this reason some are weak-sickly.
C: Some die ahead of their time. Heb 9:27 (KJV) And as it is appointed
unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
1. We need to see what is in His body.
2. First in the broken body in Isa 53
3. Second in the Body of Christ today, which is the Church here on
a. Gifts of the Spirit.
b. Prayer for the sick.
c. Laying on of hands.
d. James 5 in call for the elders to pray the prayer of faith.
D. HIS SUBSTITUTIONARY DEATH:
“My body which is broken for you” Words from that old English song. “I
NEED NO OTHER ARGUMENT, I NEED NO OTHER PLEA; IT IS ENOUGH THAT JESUS
DIED...AND THAT HE DIED FOR ME!”
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our
iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His
stripes we are healed." "All we like sheep have gone astray; We have
turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the
iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:5-6 (NKJV)
VI. What can we do?
A: Give our selves to God in surrender.
- Rom 12:1 (KJV) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto
God, which is your reasonable service. Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to
this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye
may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
B. Believe and act upon His Word!
C. INVITATION: “Take, eat”
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I
am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For
My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30 N(KJV)
“Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you,
Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you
the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down
from heaven and gives life to the world." Then they said to Him, "Lord,
give us this bread always." And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of
life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me
shall never thirst." "But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do
not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one
who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” John 6:32-37 N(KJV)
We must see what He has now provided in the Church, which is His body on
1 Cor 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and
drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
- 1 Cor
11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
He has provided healing and gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Church.
God bless you and yours!
On behalf of this generation,
Your friends in the service of Christ,
Tony and Marge Abram
Abundant Life Crusades
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