What Is The Lord’s Supper? Luke 22:14-20 Luke 22:14-20 “When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And He took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you…” The Early Church • It was the practice of the early church to partake on the first day of the week – Acts 20:7 – “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread…” • It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of properly understanding the Lord’s Supper – 1 Corinthians 11:20-29 1 Corinthians 11:20-29 “Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you. For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 1 Corinthians 11:20-29 “In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.” What Is The Lord’s Supper? Let Me Suggest to You 5 Things That the Lord’s Supper Is… A Commemoration • Memorials and monuments help us to remember significant things. • What greater event in history could there be! The cross is central to the gospel – 1 Corinthians 2:2 – “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. A Commemoration A Communion • “koinonia” – to share, participate together • In the Lord’s Supper, we commune with both the Lord and one another as fellow Christians – 1 Corinthians 10:16,17 – “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.” A Communion The Lord’s Supper ought to be a powerful force for unity among the Lord’s people! A Proclamation • We “proclaim” something by partaking of the Lord’s supper – 1 Corinthians 11:26 – “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” • We proclaim the death of our Lord! This is a testimony to our convictions and the reality behind them! A Proclamation This is a sermon we all can preach! A Dedication • Jesus said, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood” - 1 Corinthians 11:25 • The old covenant was dedicated with blood – Exodus 24:4-8; Hebrews 9:16-22 • The Lord’s Supper reminds us of the blood ratification of the new covenant! • By partaking on a regular basis, we strengthen our commitment to our covenant with God – Hebrews 10:28,29. An Anticipation • The Lord’s Supper is to be taken “till he comes” – 1 Corinthians 11:26 • We should be eagerly anticipating the return of Jesus Christ – 2 Peter 3:12 – “…looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being of fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat…” Conclusion • The Lord’s Supper is one of the most special facets of Christianity. • Do you treat it indifferently? • 1 Corinthians 11:27 – “Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.