Matthew 26:17-30 (NIV)
On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover. When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?” Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “You have said so.” While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Celebrating the Lord’s Supper – Preparation
Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?
– Matthew 26:17 (NIV)
As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, ’The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there.
– Luke 22:10-12 (NIV)
Anyone who eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Master irreverently is like part of the crowd that jeered and spit on him at his death.
– 1 Corinthians 11:27 (The Message)
This part of the Lord’s Supper called preparation is a time to reflect and admit just how sinful we really are.
· Admit to God your sins against Him – failure to pray, to read your Bible, to listen to Him and obey.
· Admit to God your sins against others – your lack of compassion, your impatience with people, and your hardened heart toward people.
· Admit to God your nonchalance toward spiritual things, your lack of fervor.
Bread Celebrating the Lord’s Supper – The Bread
Take and eat; this is my body.
– Matthew 26:26 (NIV)
Jesus wants us to eat this bread in remembrance of the fact that He is the bread of life! As we trust in Him, as we invite Him into our life, as we eat this bread we are remembering His sacrifice for us on the cross by giving His body for our sins.
· Thank Jesus for taking upon Himself your sins and making it possible for you to have eternal life.
· Thank Jesus for being the bread of life and making eternity a reality for each of us.
The Cup Celebrating the Lord’s Supper – The Cup
This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
– 1 Corinthians 11:25 (NIV)
Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.
– Exodus 24:8 (NIV)
…without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness
– Hebrews 9:22 (NIV)
The cup represents this new covenant that God has made with humanity, an agreement, a deal. We have a choice to say deal or no deal, to accept what Jesus is offering or turn away and try life on our own without a relationship with God.
· Thank God for the free gift of redemption – He bought our opportunity to have a relationship with God through His death on the cross.
· Thank God for your daily relationship with Him.
Celebrating the Lord’s Supper – Invitation
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
– Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)
Do you need:
· The spiritual healing of entering into a relationship with God?
· The spiritual healing of renewing your walk with God?
· The spiritual healing of church membership/fellowship?