The Lord's Supper by James Merritt

The Lord's Supper
James Merritt
1 Corinthians 11:23-34

Introduction

1. What we are about to do today is observe an event that is 2000 years old, but that event is based upon another event that is 1000 years older than that. I take you back 3000 years to the land of Egypt to an event known to the Jewish nation as ''Passover''.

2. The God appointed leader of the nation of Israel was a man named, Moses. God had instructed Moses to go to Pharaoh, who was the leader of the Egyptian nation and command him to allow the Hebrews (that is the Jewish people) to leave Egypt so they could return to Canaan, which was the land that God had promised to Abraham and his descendants. Pharaoh repeatedly refused Moses' request.

3. In a last ditch effort to secure their release, Moses told Pharaoh that on a certain date, the first-born of each family in Egypt would be slain by God's angel of death unless he released His people. There were two ways this terrible judgment could be avoided: Pharaoh could either release the Israelites or the Egyptians could literally come under Jewish protection.

4. The reason is - each Jewish family was to sacrifice a lamb and smear some of the blood on the doorpost of their houses. When God's angle of death passed through, if he saw the blood on the doorpost, he would ''pass over'' the marked houses and spare anyone who was inside.

5. Pharaoh refused to let the Israelites go and the angel of death took the lives of many Egyptians. Pharaoh finally relented and released the Jewish people and thus was born the Jewish feast which has become an annual remembrance of Passover.

6. In Jesus' day each Jewish family would bring a lamb to the temple and after the lamb was slain by the priest, the meat would be cooked for the Passover feast and this sacrifice reenacted the event that took place in Egypt 3000 years ago. 2000 years ago Jesus took the Passover feast and gave it a radically different interpretation and showed what its ultimate mea ...


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