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The Lord's Table

The Lord's Table

     "Do this in remembrance of me..." In the Communion we have an encounter with the Person of Jesus Christ. It is as if we were face-to-face with Him. We focus our eyes and ears on Him and bring Him back to the center of the stage. We are basically self-centered. Jesus' greatest challenge to us is to let Him take over our lives. I believe this is what Jesus is really trying to get across: "I am a person. What you eat is not spiritual alone, it is My body. What you drink is not spiritual alone, it is My blood. What you discern is My body, and if you do not discern My body you have missed real help for both body and soul." Christ, the Person, is the answer to every human problem. In the Communion, we have access instantly to everything that Christ is, in time and in eternity. It is a feast in which we eat of the divine life of Christ. Jesus gave the memorial supper as a symbol of himself, hoping that by faith, we would be able to realize Him as a Person. Long after He was gone, and His human voice would be stilled, He could come to us when we had the Lord's Supper. He could be there, and we could receive Him more intimately than we could in any other way.

     "This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you..." In the Communion we also show forth the death of Jesus until He comes. When we hold the cup and the bread, we are holding something that is broken. The fruit of the vine represents thousands of seeds that have been put into the ground where they died and came up in newness of life. The cup represents the fact that Jesus gave His life. The center of Christianity is the Cross of Jesus. Through the symbol of the cup, we testify to the world that we are saved by the Cross, that our religion is based upon that Cross. We tell the world that Christ died for our sins. 

     The Communion is a time for rejoicing. It is a time to thank God for forgiveness of sins, for the new life that is ours in Jesus Christ. We rejoice because the Cross is empty, the tomb is empty and Jesus lives! And because He lives, we shall live also.

     "This is my body..." In the Communion we are to discern Christ's body. His body is a whole and healthy body; there is no sickness there, no sin, no torment. In the Communion we receive His body in faith, His health and His healing, His peace and His joy. There is the essence of health in the body of Christ that provides something for our bodies that no vitamin ever supplied. Jesus is telling us that in the Communion service we can receive healing as in no other way. There is a health for us that is yet to be obtained, and this health is in Him. It's not in the cup and bread, it is in Christ whom they represent. It is in Jesus. It is in the Son of God. We can use the elements of the Communion as a point of contact. As we bring Christ into the center of the stage and our thinking, as we meditate and rejoice concerning the Cross, we can reach out in faith and receive healing-- a constant renewing of the inner and outer man, the whole person-- through the Communion.

     Exodus 12:7-13 The Passover Lamb--The blood of the Lamb-- The Lord's Passover. Verse 13: "when I see the blood, I will pass over." Leviticus 17:11: "for the life of the flesh is in the blood." Verse 14: "for it is the life of all flesh." Its blood sustains life. The person cannot live without Blood-- there is no life.

     So when God created Adam and gave this clay blood He breathed into him life in his blood. Thus when Adam sinned it affected the blood. So for man to be redeemed, God had to stop the sin of Adam from being passed down to Jesus. His son there had to be a virgin birth. Jesus could not partake of Adam's blood. He had the blood of God Himself (Acts 20:28). 

     The whole plan of redemption revolves around the blood. It rests upon the power of the blood of Jesus Christ. Adam's sin corrupted the blood of the entire human family so the pure sinless blood of the last Adam (Jesus) makes atonement for the sin of the world. For without the shedding of blood there is no remission (Hebrew 9:22). Jesus is called the seed of the woman-- born of woman-- no Adamic sin. The blood of Jesus is sinless, thus incorruptible. 1 Peter 1:18-19 the Blood is produced by the fetus-- no blood from the mother. His blood was Divine blood, sinless blood, incorruptible blood, and innocent blood. God imparted His own life into the blood stream of Jesus. He said, "I am the life."

     John 6:33 says, "For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." Verse 35: "I am the Bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger."

     Verse 50-51: "I am the living bread."

     Verse 53: "I say, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you."

     Verse 54-56: "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him." This is the foreshadowing of the blood covenant He will make later.

     Hebrews 9:11-15 shows us the power of the blood of Jesus eternal redemption, and cleansing the conscience. 

     Hebrews 12:24: "the blood speaks. It pleads for us-- it speaks of mercy."

     In Matthew 26:26-30 we find Jesus institutes the Lord's Supper and make a New Covenant. Jesus says take the bread, which is my Body-- Take the cup, for this is the blood of the New Covenant. It is a covenant. When you eat the bread and drink the cup, you ratify the covenant. It is a love covenant.

     1.) It is your love and loyalty to Jesus Christ.

     2.) It is your loyalty and love for His Body and the church.

     3.) It is a confession of your love for one another. It is a confession that you have eaten and drank with them; and now we are one in the Body.

     4.) You have identified yourself with each other just or He identified Himself with you in His incarnation and substitution.

     When we break the bread and drink the cup, I not only confess my loyalty to him, but to every member of the Body of Christ who breaks the bread and drinks the cup with me.

     In Matthew 26:27, we see Jesus drinking the cup with His bride. He lifted the cup to drink and seal the new covenant. The fruit of the vine is the church. 

     The bridegroom offered his cup as his wilderness to sacrifice for her-- pay the price-- her cup was her willingness to enter into the marriage. Each time we take communion, as we life the cup we are offering our willingness to enter into the marriage covenant.

     2 Corinthians 11:2 says, "For I have betrothered you to one husband." Ephesians 5:22-32: "the church and the Bride of Christ." Revelation 19:7: "blessed are they called to the marriage supper of the Lamb."

Amen.