The Lord's Supper

Sunday, December 21 2008 @ 05:00 AM CST

Contributed by: Harold

Radio transcript for May December 21 and 27, 2008

Harold Bigham preaches on "The Lord's Supper" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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The Lord's Supper was instituted by the Lord. This happened long ago when Jesus was together with His apostles in the Upper Room to partake of the passover meal. Let's read our text for our study:

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Fatherâ??s kingdom. And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. (Matthew 26:26-30)

Jesus said that the bread would represent His body and that the cup, or the fruit of the vine would represent His blood. These two items remind those who partake of the Lord's Supper of the body and the blood of Christ. This unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine or grape juice is used today each Lord's Day by members of the Lord's church as they partake of the Lord's Supper in their worship to God.

Jesus also said that He would not partake of this supper again until He would do so anew in the Kingdom. What did Jesus mean by saying "anew in the Kingdom"? Jesus was speaking when His church would be established in fact and this happened on the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter two. Jesus was stating that when members of the Lord's church partake each Lord's Day (Sunday) of the Lord's Supper that He is with them spiritually. In Acts 2:42, Luke records, "And they continued stedfastly in the apostlesâ?? doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers". The "breaking of bread" is a synechode (a part of speech that stands for the whole) which stands for the Lord's Supper.

Paul wrote in I Corinthians 11:23-29 "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: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 me. 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. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lordâ??s death till he come. 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. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lordâ??s body".

Paul stated that Christians are to remember the Lord's body and His blood as they partake of the Lord's Supper. This shows the seriousness and importance of the Lord's Supper. It is not to be taken of in a flippant and irreverent manner. Christians are to reflect with seriousness,deep respect and adoration to Jesus remembering the events of that day when Jesus died on the Cross. In fact, Christians are to examine themselves as they partake of the Lord's Supper to make sure that they do so in a right manner.

Now think about what Paul stated when he said "For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup". This is very important. How often is often? This may seem to be a insignificant question but this will teach us the importance of the Lord's Supper. Some teach that "often" means once a year. Still others teach and practice that it is quarterly or four times a year. Some reasoned that if we partake of the Lord's Supper every Lord's Day (Sunday) then the Lord's Supper becomes meaningless.

Now let me take that logic to its very length and see if it is valid. What about preaching? It is to be done every Lord's Day. What if we treated "preaching" the same way as some treat the Lord's Supper and only "Preach" once a year or four times a year? Does preaching lose its meaning because it is done each Sunday? Of course, the answer is that Preaching as one part of the worship is to be done each Sunday as well as the other avenues of worship. The Lord's Supper is one of the five avenues of worship and it is to be done every Lord's Day. The meaning of the Lord's Supper is not minimized but rather it should be appreciated each time it is partaken of each Lord's Day (Sunday).

But let's look at Scripture: "And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight" (Acts 20:7). On Sunday the disciples came together to worship God. Part of this worship included the Lord's Supper (the breaking of bread). Now notice with me this very important fact. Paul said that they did so upon "The first day of the week" If I ask you how many first days of the week are there in a year what would your answer be? Would you say: one or four or fifty-two? There are fifty-two first days of the week in a year. Paul used a definite article by the word "the" specifying each first day of the week.

Study another Scripture with me: "Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come" (I Corinthians 16:1-2). Paul said that Christians are to give as they have prospered each first day of the week. Giving is another part of the worship that Christians are to do each Sunday. How many first days of the week are there? One or four or fifty-two? I think that we can agree that there are fifty-two Sundays in a year. I also think that we can agree that Christians are to give back to God as we have been prospered each Lord's Day fifty-two times a year. Likewise Christians are to partake of the Lord's Supper each first day of the week in worship.

My friend are you a Christian, a member of the Lord's church? Do you see the importance of the Lord's Supper? The Lord's Supper is very important to the Christian. If you are not a Christian, we would like to invite you to become a Christian by doing only what the Bibles teaches. Hear the gospel (Romans 10:17); believe in Christ (Mark 16:16); repent of your sins (Luke 13:3,5); confess the name of Christ (Romans 10:9,10) and be baptized for the remission of your sins (Acts 2:38).When you do these things the Lord then will add you to His church (Acts 2:47). Then my friend, as a Christian and as a member of the Lord's church you can partake of the Lord's Supper each first day of the week.

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