The Lord's Supper
Luke 22:17-19; 1 Corinthians 11:27-29; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
Today, I wanted us to completely, from start to finish, to focus on the Lord's Supper, and what it should mean to us. In so many churches, even Southern Baptist Churches, when the people gather to celebrate and remember the Lord Jesus Christ's suffering, His sacrifice, His death, and His resurrection, too often the Lord's Supper is just sort of 'tacked on,' if you will, to the end of the service. It seems almost like, ''oops, we need to do the Lord's Supper today.'' I don't know if any of you have ever experienced that or not, but it becomes painfully obvious to most believers, as they listen to a short scripture read, a prayer offered, the elements passed out, and the service then closed. I personally have found such services to be empty and meaningless.
I would hope that today, right from the start, each of you here has been reflecting and remembering just what sacrifice was made FOR you by Jesus Christ, and have been offering thanks to Him for loving you so very much that He did in fact come and suffer for you, die for your sins that you might have life eternal through belief in Him, and that you rejoice that one day you too will be with Him in Heaven. With that said, during these next moments, I want to first think about the fact that we need to offer genuine thanks out of personal SINCERE APPRECIATION.
If you would, take your Bibles, if you don't have one with you today, then please take one of the Pew Bibles, and OPEN it to the Gospel of LUKE, chapter 22, verses 17-19.
''17 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks,(note.He gave thanks) and said, ''Take this and divide it among yourselves;18 ''for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.''19 And He took bread, gave thanks (and again, note.He gave thanks) and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ''This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembranc ...
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