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At the Table (62 of 70)
Series: Mark - God's Message for Today
The Lord supper, the Last Supper, or Communion was an important event to Jesus, and thus, us. We are called to the table to remember our Lord, His sacrifice, His shed blood, and His salvation. Yet so often it becomes so easy take this time for granted and in the process, violate 1 Corinthians 11 and invite God's judgment on us.
What I would like to do this morning is to tell, in story form, what we have just read. This event is recorded by all four of the gospels, so I'll include parts of all four accounts. My purpose is to give us a fresh look at the Lord's Table, allow those truths to prick our hearts, and to conclude with some true check points in our spiritual life.
From our recent messages, you know that we're in the last week of Jesus's life. He has already been confronted by both religious and political leaders. Our text begins with these words ''On the 1st day of unleavened bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb.'' Most of us know about Passover, but for those who do not let me take a minute to tell you about it.
Passover is a commemoration and a celebration that began back in Egypt with a Hebrew leader named Moses. Representing the voice of God, Moses literally sparred with Egypt's Pharaoh about freeing the Hebrew children. If you recall, the message of Moses was, ''God said let my people go!'' Every time Pharaoh said no, God sent judgment in the form of plagues (I.E. flies, gnats, frogs, etc.). This happened 9 times. On the 10th time, a God sent word to the Hebrew people that his judgment was going to be to kill the firstborn every household.
If they wanted to avoid this judgment they were to kill a Lamb, take the blood of the Lamb and paint their doorpost. God's word to them was, ''When I see the blood, I will pass over you.'' As an aside, God's word to them is God's word to us today. Instead of being blood of an animal, the blood which cover ...
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