Sermon On The Lord's Supper - Christian Daily Devotions

May 24 2006

Sermon On The Lord's Supper - Verse of the Day : And when he had given thanks to God for it, he broke it and gave it to his disciples and said, "Take this and eat it. This is my body, which is given to you. Do this to remember me." In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, "This cup is the new agreement between God and you that has been established and set in motion by my blood. Do this in remembrance of me whenever you drink it."
-1 Corinthians 11:24-25 (TLB)

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Sermon On The Lord's Supper

Many Christians don't really understand what happens when the Lord's Supper takes place. Possibly due to an overreaction against Roman Catholicism, many Protestants are keen to establish that "nothing happens" at Holy Communion.

Yet, for the Early Church, it was the third thing they did in Acts 2:42. And that was when the Church was at its "optimum power" just after the Day of Pentecost. Ultimately, it was Jesus Christ Himself who instituted the Lord's Supper. Hence, it must have been very special to God.

There are four major views about the Lord's Supper:

(1) The Roman Catholics believe in transubstantiation. That once a priest says, "Hocest corpus meum (This is my body)," the bread and the wine literally became the blood and body of Jesus.

(2) Martin Luther objected transubstantiation but came up with consubstantiation, which means that the bread and wine became the body and blood of Jesus only when eaten.

(3) Ulrich Zwingli objected to both the Lutheran and Roman Catholic views. He said that the Lord's Supper is merely done as a memorial to honor Jesus' death.

(4) John Calvin felt that all of the above have missed the point. He said that Jesus is spiritually present in the bread and wine, and that grace is imparted to us when we partake of the Lord's Supper by faith.

What is actually the purpose of the Holy Communion?

May 24 - Sermon On The Lord's Supper - Christian Daily Devotions

(1) To remind us regularly that the reason God sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins (1 Cor. 11:26).

(2) To bring us into a deeper relationship and intimacy with Jesus. To drink someone's blood, or eat someone's flesh, so that we can be closer to that person, is unthinkable. But we are to love Jesus to the extent that, by partaking of the wine and bread, we affirm Him to the most extreme degree.

(3) To enjoy God's presence in a special manner. Whenever we meet around at the Lord's table, Jesus is there.

(4) To have more of Him in us (John 6:53-58).

(5) To affirm that Jesus literally has a body and to honor His blood that was shed for us.

(6) To affirm the Church, that we are to be one body and to have peace and unity with one another.

(7) To regularly examine our own spiritual condition in the light of God's Word (1 Cor. 11:28).

Ultimately, through the Lord's Supper, we are lifting Jesus up and enjoying His presence in a very special way.

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