The Lord Supper
“Take and eat it; this is My body.” 27 Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood that establishes the covenant; it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. Matthew 26; 26-28
17 Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you, from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”19 And He took bread, gave thanks, broke it, gave it to them, and said, “This is My body, which is given for you. Do this In remembrance of Me.” Luke 22; 17-19
The Lord Supper replaced Passover found in Exodus 12 where on the day God set Jewish people free from slavery from the Egyptian. Where God gave following instruction to Moses to separate unblemished animal, a year-old male; you may take it from either. The sheep or the goats. The whole assembly of the community of Israel will slaughter the animals at twilight. They must take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses. God will execute judgments against all the gods of Egypt. The blood on the houses where you are staying will be a distinguishing mark for you; when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No plague will be among you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. This day is to be a memorial for you, and you must celebrate it as a festival to the Lord. You are to celebrate it throughout your generations as a permanent statute. The Lord Supper is new convent replacing the Old Covenant when Christ is how the Passover. He was the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world by shredding His blood.
Jesus declared these words to His disciples,”For this is My blood that establishes the new covenant; it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of Me? Than He took the bread gave thanks “Take and eat it; this is My body.” Do this in remembrance of Me. The bread symbolize Christ body. The Apostle Paul said, “Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” 1 Corinthians 11:26.
The Apostle Paul said Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy way will be guilty of sin against the body and blood of the Lord. So a man should examine himself; in this way he should eat the bread and drink from the cup. For whoever eats and drinks without recognizing the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself.
If Jesus said do this remembrance me, and the Apostle Paul said whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy way will be guilty of sin against the body and blood of the Lord? Who right Jesus or Apostle Paul or both? What does Apostle Paul means in an unworthy manner? What does Christ mean do this in remembrance of Me ?
First with the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11; 20-22, “20 Therefore, when you come together, it is not really to eat the Lord’s Supper. 21 For at the meal, each one eats his own supper ahead of others. So one person is hungry while another gets drunk! 22 Don’t you have houses to eat and drink in?”
Matthew Henry wrote. “Agapai, or love-feasts, that were annexed to the supper. They would not stay for one another; the rich despised the poor, and ate and drank up the provisions they themselves brought, before the poor were allowed to partake; and thus some wanted, while others had more than enough. This was profaning a sacred institution, and corrupting a divine ordinance, to the last degree. What was appointed to feed the soul was employed to feed their lusts and passions. What should have been a bond of mutual amity and affection was made an instrument of discord and disunion. The poor were deprived of the food prepared for them, and the rich turned a feast of charity into a debauch. This was scandalous irregularity.” In short, all who believe in the atoning work of Christ has the right to precipitate in the Lord Supper rich and poor alike
In Exodus 12; 4 it states, ‘If the household is too small for a whole animal that person and the neighbor nearest his house are to select one based on t”e combined number of people; you should apportion the animal according to what each person will eat.” Leviticus 5; 7 But if he cannot afford a lamb, then he shall bring to the Lord his guilt offering for that in which he has sinned, two turtledoves or two young pigeons, one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering.
Verse 11 “But if he cannot afford two turtledoves or two young pigeons, he may bring two quarts of fine flour as an offering for his sin. In short, you do not mess with poor. Scriptures declares,” But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. Furthermore scripture declares,
“For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. Lastly, The rich and the poor have this in common: the LORD made them both. The Apostle Paul wrote” This is why many are sick and among you, and many have fallen asleep. Furthermore he wrote, “ If anyone is hungry, he should eat at home, so that when you gather you will not come under judgment.
Before Jesus death He uttered these words twice, do this remembrance of Me. While hanging on the cross He uttered these words,” Elí, lemá sabachtháni?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? It then all of mankind fell upon Him and His Father wrath. In short, He took Mankind place Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote And Adam’s sins have swept between therighteous Son and Father:
Believer Commentary wrote these words From the sixth hour (noon) until the ninth hour (3:00 p.m.) It was during that time that He bore the indescribable curse of our sins. In those three hours were compressed the hell which we deserved, the wrath of God against all our transgressions.
Because God is holy, He cannot overlook sin. On the contrary, He must punish it. The Lord Jesus had no sin of His own, but He took the guilt of our sins upon Himself. And Adam’s sins have swept between therighteous Son and Father:
When God, as Judge, looked down and saw our sins upon the sinless Substitute, He withdrew from the Son of His love. As scripture declares, Christ ransomed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us; furthermore, it was written,” For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him. Jesus declares words at the Lord Supper,” For this is My blood that establishes the covenant; it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.” When someone repents, confesses theirs sins before Christ, and when they take the bread and wine they reflect on what Christ did on the Cross. They are graceful that Christ willingly went to the cross, and took theirs sins, and His Father wrath. So able to have access to the Father Kingdom. By considering the severity of our sin – Our Lord suffered the crucifixion because of our sin. By examining, if we have unconfessed and unrepented sin – we must come with penitent hearts.
What does the Apostle Paul means, “that every person should examine himself; in this way he should eat the bread and drink from the cup?”
Self government is also essential to the health of any church – each believer is responsible for seeking Christ for the good of his own soul. We must discipline ourselves to live holy lives. We must discipline ourselves to labor for the good of our Lord’s kingdom. By examining, if we have unconfessed and unrepented sin – we must come with penitent hearts. Jesus declares these words,” “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” Apostle John wrote. “ “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” In short, we must confess our sin and repent of it before partake of the Lord Supper.
How often should we celebrate the Lord Supper? The Bible does not state how often we must partake in the Lord’s Supper?
Most today observe the Lord’s Supper quarterly but this seems a sad testimony of our high regard for this ordinance. Some churches only observe the Lord’s Supper twice a year. While the church I attend we celebrate once month. Where Believer Bible celebrate the Lord Supper every Sunday in the evening found in Acts 20:7, “On the first day of the week, when we gathered to break bread. On a personal while we as follower of Christ are justify from all our past, present, present, and futures sins either by omission or commission whether intentional or unintentional. We need daily acknowledge ours sins before the Lord even though we do not take the bread and wine, and keep short account before God.
David Brainerd these wrote concerning Lord Supper, “In the morning I felt my soul hungering and thirsting after righteousness. While I was looking on the elements of the Lord’s Supper, and thinking that Jesus Christ was not “set forth crucified before me,” my soul was filled with light and love, so that I was almost in an ecstasy; my body was so weak I could scarcely stand.”