The Lord’s Supper
The greatest privilege ever offered by God to man is the invitation to dine at the sacred feast of the Lord’s Supper. It is the memorial feast held in honor of the suffering and anguish Jesus experienced in death. His death for sinful humanity is the greatest expression of love (Rom. 5:6-8). This feast has been described as a bridge “spanning the entire interval of the Church’s history on earth. One end of it rests on the shame of the cross; the other is planted in the glory of the kingdom.”
It is fittingly called The Lord’s Supper. The Greek term deipnon denotes “the chief meal of the day, dinner or supper, taken at or towards evening; in the plural feasts,” (Matt. 23:6; Mark 6:21;12:39; Luke 20:46); otherwise translated “supper,” (Luke 14:12,16, 17,24; John 12:2; 13:2,4; 21:20; 1 Cor. 11:21). Further, of “the Lord’s Supper,” (1 Cor. 11:20) and “the supper or feast” which will celebrate the marriage of Christ with His spiritual Bride, at the inauguration of His Kingdom, (Rev. 19:9). (From Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words.) All that is associated with “supper” in these references is good and benevolent. Surely supper with the Lord is a great honor.
The Lord’s Supper is:
1. A memorial: Jesus said, “This do in remembrance of Me.” It honors Him as the Son of the Living God. It is the only thing He ever asked of anyone to be done in His memory. How often do you observe it, dear friend?
2. It calls for inward examination: “Let a man examine himself and so let him eat.” The examination determines whether or not the participant truly discerns the Lord’s body. When you eat the supper, do you realize that the bread is (by faith) His body, given for your sins? Do you discern that the fruit of the vine is (by faith) His blood shed for the remission of your sins?
3. It is an outward proclamation: “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink the cup, ye proclaim the Lord’s death till he come.” The word for proclaim is from kataggelo and is defined as, “declare, preach, shew, speak of, teach.” (Strongs). You may not be able to go to foreign fields to preach, but you can proclaim His death by sincerely observing the Lord’s supper. How often do you do this?
4. It is obedience to Jesus: “... do this in remembrance of Me...” “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). How often do you love the Lord in obeying this command?
5. It is fellowship: “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a communion of the body of Christ? Seeing that we, who are many, are one bread, one body: for we are all partake of the one bread” (1 Cor. 10:16-17). How often do you have this sacred communion with Him?
6. It is a continual privilege: On the birth-day of the church, those who were added to the church “continued steadfastly in breaking of bread and prayers” (Acts 2:42). How regularly do you break this sacred bread?
7. It anticipates His return: “Till He comes ...” How many who claim to be members of His spiritual body will have neglected this sacred privilege -- even at the time He returns? Will you be ready?
The Lord’s Supper may have been the very reason for coming together on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7). As such it is the high point in a Christian’s worship of the Almighty.
The Lord’s Supper is prepared and spread each Lord’s Day here at this congregation. All who are members of the family of God are invited to participate. Of those who read this, how many will decline the invitation?
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