The Focus Of The Lord's Table
1 Cor 11:23-32
(2 Cor 7:9-11) (2 Cor 2:2)
September 26, 2010
INTRODUCTION: The Lord's Supper was instituted during the time frame of the Passover Meal celebrated by the Jews. God instituted the Passover when He delivered His people from their 400 years of bondage in Egypt. The meal celebrated the death angel's passing over the houses of those whose doorposts and lintels were smeared with lamb's blood (Ex 12:1-14). It is the holiest of Jewish feasts. To the Christian, the Passover was a foreshadow of Christ's sacrifice of His body and blood that would pay sin's debt and offer redemption for mankind. The Lord's Table reminds us of the cross of Jesus Christ.
Two of the most precious words spoken in this context is found in 1 Cor 11:24, "for you"; speaks of Christ's vicarious suffering (on behalf of others). Christ died for you!
I. THE MANIFESTATION OF TRUTH.
1 Corinthians 2:2, "For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified."
The preaching of the cross was so dominant in the early church that believers were accused of worshipping a dead man.
The basis of Paul's preaching and teaching to unbelievers was Jesus Christ, Who paid the penalty for sin on the cross.
Galatians 6:14, "But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."
Paul was praising God and rejoicing in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The power of the cross changed Paul's entire view on the world.
1 Corinthians 1:23, "but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness"
The cross was the only message Paul would preach to unbelievers because it alone was the message that had the power to save all who believed.
Several words describe the why of the cross
Not why, in the sense of cause, but why in the sense of purpose. What did Christ achieve by Hi ...
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