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20/02/2020

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Jesus Institutes the Lords Supper: Luke 22:14 to 20

Mathew 26:26-28, tells us that while they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body which is given for you, do this in remembrance of Me.”

Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

 

Luke: 22:7-13- Jesus instructs the disciples to prepare for the Passover.

 

Who can take part in the communion?

  • According to the bible, Christians, partake of Holy Communion in remembrance of the body and blood of Jesus that was broken and poured at the cross.

 

Luke: 22:14 When the hour had, come, He sat, down, and the twelve apostles with him.

  • Taking Holy Communion does not only remind us of his suffering but also shows us the amount of love Jesus had for us.

 

Philippians 2:7

6Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross.…

 

Redemption through His Blood

Hebrews 9:23-25
23So it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24For Christ did not enter a man-made copy of the TRUE sanctuary, but He entered heaven itself, now to appear on our behalf in the presence of God. 25Nor did He enter heaven to offer Himself again and again, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.…

  • However, to be able to share the blood and body of Jesus Christ, one must be born again. In other words, they must have gone through self-examination, repentance, and confession.

Significance?

To proclaim eternal life:

  • Jesus sacrificed his life for us so that we could have eternal life. Therefore, as Christians take Holy Communion, they proclaim the eternal life in heaven that Jesus Christ prepared for us to enjoy in life after through his death and resurrection.
  • In John 6:53-54, Jesus tells us that unless one eats his body and drink his blood, we have no life.
  • “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.”

 

To Proclaim victorious Life:

  • Believers also celebrate as they are reminded that his resurrection led us in triumphant life and glories well as the depth to which Jesus descended on earth to suffer as a sinner for our sins.

 

To bring all humankind into his embrace:

  • The Holy Communion also reminds us of the width of his arms spread on the cross to bring all humankind into his embrace.

As we partake, we joyfully proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes again.

 

We abide in him as he abides in us:

He adds in John 6:54-56 that his body is food and his blood, a drink. Whoever ate his body and drunk his blood abides in him and he will do so with us too.

 

We embrace of our promised Hope of eternal life:

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

John: 6:39

“This is the will of the father who sent me, that of all he has given me I should lose nothing but should raise it up at the last day.

By receiving the spiritual flesh and blood, Christ lives in us and us in him. We also learn that we must take the Holy Communion since only with the life of Christ in us, we have eternal life and will resurrect on the last day.

 

We receive spiritual life:

Scriptures teach us that through Holy Communion, we also connect with Jesus Christ not only in the memory of his death but in the spiritual life he gives to us.

The bible also teaches us that in the experience of taking the Holy Communion, Christ is present to meet and strengthen his people.

We proclaim a new covenant in Jesus blood:

1 Corinthians 11:25

In the same manner, he also took the cup after supper, saying, this cup is the new covenant in my blood. This does as often as you drink, in remembrance of me.

 

How do we take it?

Examine Yourself

1 Corinthians 11:27 to 32

27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and [a]blood of the Lord.

28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

29 For he who eats and drinks [b]in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the [c]Lord’s body.

30 For this reason, many are weak and sick among you, and many [d]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.