THE LORD’S SUPPER
INTRO: There are some things that we would like to forget; other things we hold on to and remember. We take pictures and put them into an album so that we can look at them and remember people and occasions that took place. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial to Jesus’ sacrifice for us. Jesus instructed us to “do this in remembrance of Me.” We are to remember the Last Supper and Jesus' death on the cross for our redemption.
I. JESUS’ PURPOSE
> Jesus wanted to remind us that a great price was paid for our redemption.
- His blood was spilled so that we could know Him as our Savior.
- He wants us to remember, so He chose symbols we are to use to remind us.
- It affirms the fact that we have received Jesus as our Savior.
- It is a memorial; it reminds us of the importance of Jesus’ sacrifice for us.
- As a memorial, we share in the bread and the cup.
- We have a responsibility to remember Jesus’ sacrifice.
- The Lord’s Supper is a meal we receive into our bodies.
- In the same way, Jesus lives in us when we accept His offer of salvation.
II. JESUS’ FINAL WORDS
> Jesus gathered His disciples for a final meal on His last night.
-Sharing a meal with friends was commonplace during Jesus’ time.
- He shared the Passover meal with His closest friends – His disciples.
- The Passover meal was a remembrance of being set free from Egyptian persecution.
- Jesus broke the bread as a symbol of what was about to happen.
- Twice He said, “Do this in remembrance of Me.”
> We are to focus on the reason why we participate in Communion.
- It causes us to remember what Jesus did for us.
- It is to make His sacrifice real in our minds.
- He bought us back; He redeemed us.
- We are His; He is our Savior and our friend.
- We were wayward in our sin, but Jesus bought us back with His life.
- We rejoice because we will be with Him in heaven.
III. THE SYMBOLS AND SYMBOLISM
> Jesus chose two symbols – the bread and the cup.
- Those two symbols have become powerful memorials to Jesus’ sacrifice.
- It was a glorious act that saved us from the punishment we deserve.
> In Jesus’ time, when a man reached marrying age, his parents chose a bride and paid a “bride price.”
- The custom was for the son to pour a cup of wine and offer it to the bride saying, “This cup is a new covenant in my blood, which I offer to you.”
- The bride had the choice of rejecting the cup or accepting the cup.
- By drinking, she indicated her acceptance.
- A covenant says, “What is yours is mine, and what is mine is yours.”
> When we drink the cup at Communion, we express our acceptance of Jesus’ covenant with us as Redeemer.
- Communion is for the Body of Christ.
- Communion means nothing to those who have not accepted Jesus as Savior, even if they choose to participate.
- The cup of redemption: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me” (v. 25).
- These were new words spoken by Jesus; words that were not a part of the Passover meal.
- The disciples were presented with the choice to accept Jesus’ new covenant.
> Jesus is asking us if we will choose to love Him back.
- Jesus is asking if we will give our lives to Him.
- When we celebrate Communion, we need to be aware of Jesus’ offer to us.
- We need to remember that He took our place on the cross.
- As sinners, we nailed Jesus to the cross.
- When we remember the price Jesus paid, we are reminded that we should have been on the cross.
- Jesus tells us that He offered His life, and He wants us to be His bride.
- When we come to the Communion table, we affirm our choice.
> Jesus knocks at the door to our hearts.
- Some people don’t recognize that Jesus is there for them.
- They may not be ready; they don’t want to accept Jesus.
- Some may believe that they are not worthy enough.
- It is even more horrible when we forget Jesus as our Redeemer.
- Without Jesus, people are lost.
CONCLUSION: We need to remember the great sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf. Because of His great love for us, He died for us, and we remember Him and His sacrifice. We affirm that we are in covenant with Jesus. Therefore, we choose to live in such a way that Jesus is pleased with our lives. We ask Jesus to help us every day to take up our cross and follow Him.