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I. Introduction. A. Orientation. 1. We come now to the end of the Passover meal. a. Judas – the one Jesus had said b. 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 Passover a. 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 morning Are 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 to give 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 time He 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 knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the 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 Table a. 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 who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down 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 will never 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,
4 (c) He will feed you (d) With the bread of eternal life. 2. Just as you trusted Jesus a. As your only hope of heaven (i) When you came to Him at the beginning, (ii) So at the table, (iii) He asks you to look to Him again (iv) To trust Him again (v) For the continuing supply of spiritual manna – (vi) His Holy Spirit. b. The Spirit is the One who breathed life of Christ into you, (i) The One who sustains that life in you, (ii) And the One who will be your life (iii) Throughout all eternity. c. Jesus did what was necessary (i) That He might give you His Spirit (ii) Adam lost in the garden. (iii) That’s why He is called the bread that gives life. d. The Spirit is that life of God (i) He places and sustains in your soul. (ii) So as we come to the Table (a) Remember that the Lord provides you here again (b) With spiritual bread to eat: (c) As you look to Jesus, (d) And trust Him, (e) He gives you spiritual manna – (f) His Holy Spirit. C. Finally, the Supper reminds you of His love in that He has prepared spiritual blessings for you in heaven. 1. The Supper reveals a past aspect to His love a. In looking back to what Jesus has done to save you. b. It reveals a present aspect to His love (i) In looking to Jesus for His continual provision (ii) Of spiritual food for your souls – (a) A provision that comes not just through the Table (b) But also through the other means of grace. 2. But it also reveals a future aspect to His love a. In looking forward to the eternal blessings b. The Lord has prepared for you.
5 c. Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” (i) The Lord said this to his disciples to comfort them. (ii) He just told them He was going to die – (a) His body would be broken, (b) His blood poured out for them. (iii) But now He looks beyond that (a) To a time in the future (b) When He, along with them, (c) Would enjoy the blessings of eating and drinking (d) Together again in the kingdom of God. d. What does He mean? When was this going to happen? (i) Jesus said later in Luke’s Gospel, “You are those who have stood by Me in My trials; and just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Luke 22:28-30). (ii) In Matthew’s Gospel we read, “Then Peter said to Him, ‘Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel’” (Matt. 19:27-28). (a) The regeneration or rebirth (1) Isn’t a millennium that follows Christ’s return (2) As many Evangelicals believe. (3) It’s the time of Christ’s reign – (4) A reign that is going on now. (b) Jesus said that it was in the regeneration (1) That He would sit on His glorious throne. (2) When did He sit on that throne? (3) Immediately following His resurrection and ascension (Heb. 10:12). (c) The regeneration must be now. (1) It’s that era that follows the work of Christ (2) That has in principle made all things new again, (3) And will actually do so in the future. (4) Jesus’ rising from the dead was called His begetting (Acts 13:33). (5) When He was begotten from the dead, (6) The Creation was made new in Him (Col. 1:20). (iii) That means that the disciples (a) Are ruling and reigning with Christ right now,
6 (1) (2) (3) (4) Even as John said would be the case For everyone of His people Who made it faithfully through the Great Tribulation in 70 AD. We read in Revelation 20, “Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years” (v. 4).
(b) The point is (1) Jesus was telling them of a time (2) After the crucifixion, (3) After His resurrection (His begetting) and ascension, (4) When they would sit down with Him (5) At His table, in His kingdom, (6) And enjoy the spiritual blessings of heaven. (c) That is something He not only gave them, (1) But something He gives to all who are faithful to Him – (2) Something He will give to you, from His love, (3) If you will trust Him, (4) And persevere in overcoming (5) The trials and difficulties of this life by His grace. e. To the churches in Revelation, (i) To those who by His grace (a) Would endure to the end of the Tribulation (b) That was then coming on the earth, (c) He made a series of promises – (ii) Promises that also apply to you. (a) “To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God” (2:7). (b) “He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death” (2:11). (c) “To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it” (v. 17). (d) “He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS; AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father” (vv. 26-27).
7 (e) “He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels” (3:5). (f) “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name” (v. 12). (g) “He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne” (v. 21). (iii) How can you overcome all these things? (a) John writes, “Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:5). (b) If you believe in Him – (c) If you turn from your sins and trust Him – (d) You will overcome the world (e) And inherit these promises (f) Because of His love. f. At the Table (i) There is not only the promise of past love, (a) And present love, (b) There is also the reminder of future love: (c) The promise of the blessings of heaven (d) Forever in the kingdom of your Lord. (ii) And so as you prepare to come to the Table, remember these things: (a) Look back to His love on the cross by faith. (b) Look to Him now for His gracious provision of spiritual manna. (c) And look forward to what He has provided for you (d) In the future from His infinite love. Amen. http://www.graceopcmodesto.org
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