THE LORDíS SUPPER
April , 2009
I. WHY THE LORDíS SUPPER?
Of all the facts in Christís earthly ministry none are equal in importance as to His death on the cross of Calvary. Without His death there would be no resurrection. Without His death there would be no redemption for sinners. Without His death there would be no reconciliation with God the Father. Without His death there would be no payment for sin, no pardon, and no peace with Almighty God and we would be forever be lost in our sin and most assuredly headed for an eternity in hell. In the New Testament we find four separate accounts of the Lordís Supper.
Matthew 26:26-28, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:13-20, and I Corinthians 11:23-26 all these describe the Lordís Supper and all four agree on what our Lord did on this memorable occasion. Paul and Luke record our Lord giving the reason why He commanded that His disciples eat the bread and drink the cup; Jesus told them to ďdo this in remembrance of me.Ē
To be very clear regarding the Lordís Supper as a ďremembranceĒ, we must pause and make clear that the scriptures never speak to the Lordís Supper as a sacrifice involving what is called ďtransubstantiationĒ as some denominations have made it. The universal doctrine and message of the New Testament is that after Jesus offered Himself as our sacrifice for sins, there remains no more need for sacrifice Hebrews 9:11-12, 24-26.
II. WHO SHOULD RECEIVE THE LORD'S SUPPER?
Acts 17:30 God commands all people everywhere to repent and believe the Gospel, however, He does not command everyone everywhere to come to the Lordís Supper.
I Corinthians 11:27-30 Those that are lost sinners, those that are saved but unrepentant and living in sin should stay away. Those that are self-righteous about their condition before God should also stay away.
John 15:12; I Corinthians 11:28, 31; I John 1:9 Those that should partake of the Lordís Supper are those who possess three important marks of a Christian; (1) repentance, (2) faith, (3) love.
Matthew 26:20; Luke 22:14-15 The first twelve communicants that took the Lordís Supper were weak in knowledge, weak in faith, weak in courage, weak in patience, and weak in love. However, eleven of them had something in common with each other: they were real, they were genuine, they were sincere, and they were true to Christ and each other. We do not have to be perfect or anywhere near perfect to take the Lordís Supper, but we should have these same characteristics within our heart for Christ and each other.
III. THE BENEFITS FROM THE LORDíS SUPPER
Psalms 34:18; II Corinthians 7:10 We will have a more humble and repentant heart.
Jude 20 Our love and our faith in Christ will be enlarged.
Ephesians 4:7 The work of Godís wonderful grace will be more established in our hearts.
When we as Christians take the necessary time to ďexamine ourselvesĒ, prior to taking the Lordís Supper, we will have a much clearer view of Christ and His atonement, a clearer view of Christ as our Mediator and Advocate, of our complete redemption that Christ has obtained for us by His substitutionary death on the cross. We will also see more clearly our full and perfect acceptance in Christ before our heavenly Father.Finally, we should find ourselves drawn closer in communion with Christ and what He did for us and therefore understand Him more deeply than before.