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The Lord's Supper

The Lord's Supper

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Published by: Grace Church Modesto on Sep 02, 2013
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“The Last Supper”(Mark 14:22-25)I. Introduction.A. Orientation.1. We come now to the end of the Passover meal.a. Judas – the one Jesus had saidb. Was a devil from the beginning (John 6:70) c. Has already gone to betray Him.d. Jesus is now left with His own.2. It’s now that He reveals something regarding the Passovera. That the disciples may not have known –(i) Or perhaps knowing, did not fully realize –(ii) That it was pointing to His sacrifice.b. Of course, Jesus knew this.(i) Year after year, as He celebrated the Passover with His family,(ii) As He celebrated it with His disciples,(iii) He knew it was foreshadowing that one act(a) By which He would forever cleanse His people of their sins(b) And satisfy the Father’s justice:(c) His death on the cross.B. Preview.1. While they were eating,a. He took some bread,(i) And after giving thanks,(ii) He broke it and gave it to them,(iii) Saying, “This is My body.”b. He also took a cup(i) And after giving thanks,(ii) He gave it to them(iii) And they drank.(iv) And He said to them,(a) “This is My blood of the covenant,(b) Which is poured out for many.”c. And then He said something(i) We don’t often think about(ii) In the context of the Lord’s Supper:(a) That Jesus would never again drink (b) Of the fruit of the vine
 
2(c) Until the day He drank it new in the kingdom of God.2. What I want us to consider this morningAre three ways the Lord reveals us His love in the Supper:a. First, in laying down His life for us.b. Second, in continually giving Himself to us as spiritual food.c. And third, in the spiritual blessings He has prepared for us in His kingdom.II. Sermon.A. First, let’s consider His love displayed in laying down His life for us.1. That’s why Jesus came into the world,a. Why the Son of God became a man:(i) To die for us.(ii) He says, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and togive His life a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28).b. This is what the Passover pointed to:(i) The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.(ii) This was the only sacrifice that could remove our guilt.(iii) The only sacrifice that could satisfy God’s justice –(a) Because of the magnitude of the crimes(b) We had committed against the infinitely holy God,(c) There was no other way.2. But let’s not forget that He did this out of love.a. Love for His Father:(i) Jesus loved Him more than anything else,(a) And desired more than anything that He be glorified.(b) That’s why He came into the world.(c) That’s why He obeyed Him perfectly,(d) With the fervency and devotion He did.(ii) That’s why doing His Father’s work (a) Was more important to Him than His necessary bread.(b) He loved His Father.(iii) Knowing full well(a) That our sins had dishonored His Father(b) And indebted us to His justice,(c) He was willing to lay down His life(d) So that the Father might be fully satisfied(e) And might be able to show mercy to us.(iv) Jesus’ love was more than just a warm feeling in His heart,(a) It was a love that moved Him(b) To serve and glorify His Father
 
3(c) With His whole life.(d) Something, by the way(e) He calls you and me to do as well.b. But don’t forget that it was also(i) Because of His love for you(ii) That He was willing to lay down His life.(a) When He spoke to His disciples on that night(b) He was speaking to you as well:(1) This is My body which is given for you (Luke 22:19).(2) This cup which is poured out for you(3) Is the new covenant in My blood (v. 20).(iii) Jesus as God has loved you with an everlasting love.(iv) Jesus as man has loved you from the timeHe understood it was the Father’s plan to give you to Him.(v) Jesus didn’t do this merely for duty’s sake:(a) He did it for love.(b) John writes, “Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowingthat His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to theFather, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them tothe end” (John 13:1).(c) Remember Jesus’ love,(d) In giving Himself for your sins,(e) When you come to the Table.B. Second, He reveals His love by continuing to give you spiritual food from heaven.1. Every time you come to the Lord’s Tablea. And receive the bread and wine in faith,(i) Looking to Jesus,(ii) You are receiving spiritual bread from heaven,(iii) The Lord Jesus Himself.(iv) “Jesus then said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses whohas given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives youthe true bread out of heaven. For the bread of God is that which comesdown out of heaven, and gives life to the world.’ Then they said to Him,‘Lord, always give us this bread.’ Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me willnever thirst’” (John 6:32-35).b. Jesus isn’t literal bread (i) Even though some of the language used to describe Him(ii) Might lead you to that conclusion.(iii) He is spiritual bread (a) The bread of life (b) If you trust Him,

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