The Lord’s Supper: Do This In Remembrance of Jesus

October 16, 2009 by  
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We are human and tend to forget things. I will illustrate this by challenging you to tell me your great grandparents name, what they did for a living, and where all of them are buried. Perhaps some can, but most cannot, and they are our family. God in all of his wisdom knew men forget. When he sent his son to die the terrible death on the cross for us, he wanted to make sure we would never forget this great sacrifice. Christ shed his blood on the cross so we can have forgiveness of our sins. In 1 Peter 1:18-19 we read, “For as much as ye know that they were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, But with the precious blood of Christ as a lamb without blemish and without spot.” 

Christ instituted the Lord’s Supper

In Matthew 26: 26-29 Christ instituted the Lords supper while he was with his disciples. “And as they were eating Jesus took bread, blessed it and broke it, and gave it to them saying ‘take eat this is my body.’ Then he took the cup, and gave thanks and gave it to them saying, ‘Drink from it all of you. For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.’”

Christ wanted us to remember his suffering

We know Christ desired to be remembered, for Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:23-25,  “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which he was betrayed took bread. And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘take eat; this is my body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of me In the same manner he also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. This do, as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.’”

How often to partake of this Memorial Feast

We must be regular in our observance of his supper. There are religious groups that observe the Lord’s Supper once a year, and others quarterly. Some people say the Lord’s Supper becomes too common and means little to us if we observe it every Sunday. I completely disagree with them. I believe this memorial feast does not become tiresome or lose its importance if it means anything to us. Things that we treasure and love become more precious with us and more enduring with the passing of time. We find written in Acts 20:7 the early disciples came together on the first day of the week to break bread. It is very important to partake of this memorial on the first day of each and every week.

The Lords Supper must be observed Reverently

When we attend a memorial service of a family member or friend, we would never think about whispering, talking, and laughing with others. We should not dishonor our Savior by doing these things as we partake of the Lord’s Supper. We read in 1 Corinthians 11:28-29, “But let a man examine himself and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself not discerning the Lords body.” 

We must focus on Redemption

What a joy and comfort to a sinner who is outside of the body of Christ to realize that it makes no difference how many sins they have committed, or how bad a life style they have lived, the blood of Christ can wash away their sins. Isaiah 1:18 says, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be crimson they shall be as wool.

Observed with Gratitude to Christ

How do we thank someone who was scorned, beaten, humiliated, and nailed to a cross to die so we can have our sins forgiven? We can live our life in service to Christ; we should become a living sacrifice in our worship to him. Every time we partake of the Lord’s Supper, we remember all the suffering he did for us. Jesus said Do this in remembrance of Me.

–Don Adair

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4 Responses to “The Lord’s Supper: Do This In Remembrance of Jesus”

  1. Shirley on November 3rd, 2009 12:59 pm

    I read your sermon on the Lord’s Supper. Looking at the picture you have at the top of the sermon doesn’t show the items you have from Matt 26:26-29. Jesus took bread, blessed it and broke it, and gave it to them saying ‘take eat this is my body.’ Then he took the CUP, and gave thanks and gave it to them saying, ‘Drink from it all of you. For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.’”
    I Cor. 11:23-25 “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which he was betrayed took bread. And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘take eat; this is my body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of me’ In the same manner he also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. This do, as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.’”
    There was only ONE Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the loaf represents Christ. body. The cup represents the New Testament and is ratified by the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross.
    I will pray for you and hope you read and realize the two are not the same. Your picture is totally wrong.
    Lord Father in Heaven, I pray these people will read your words and obey them. In Jesus Name, Amen

  2. Edwin Crozier on November 3rd, 2009 4:35 pm

    Shirley, I definitely appreciate your prayer. I too hope we will always read God’s word and obey it.

    While Don wrote this article, I chose the picture. So I’ll respond because I’m confused. As I look at the picture, I see both the cup and the loaf. I’m not sure what your complaint is regarding what is wrong with the picture chosen to illustrate the Lord’s Supper.

  3. Dave Webster on November 25th, 2009 11:08 am

    Edwin I too see nothing wrong with this picture. Unfortunately Shirley like many others will not read all of the gospel accounts and realize that these four men wrote just a little bit different and that all accounts are to be used as a whole.

    In Lukes account: Luke 22:17
    17 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves;
    NKJV

    They were to divide the contents. Divide means to seperate into parts. Then Jesus went on with the the bread and then to the cup inwhich the disciples already had.

    I really did not think that there were still some out there holding to the “one” cup doctrine. I hope that this clears some of the problem up. We need to get back to unity and quit trying to see something that is not in God’s word. God’s word speaks for itself; we just need to read it more.

  4. Bright on April 6th, 2014 4:11 pm

    I believe she was referring to a levened bread loaf like what you might purchase at the supermarket and the ‘cup or cups in this case’ which has no purpose except to hold the fruit of the vine, which represents Christ shed blood.
    Shirley, the bread shown, in the picture, is unlevened bread similar to flat bread or crackers which does not rise as it has no yeast in it which makes it unleven bread. This being consisant with New Testament teaching. I do not know if this expanation will get back to you but I hope and pray if it does it will help.

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