Monday, March 26, 2018

The Lord's Supper

1 Pet. 3:18 a  "... to bring you to God."

Substitutionary Sacrifice = once for all forever.  More than just gaining access.  He wants you there.
Definition:  one who takes the place or punishment of another - sometimes dies in place of.

Substitutionary Sacrifice:  common to Old Testament Law
Examples:  Lev. 16:5-10, 15-16, 20-22    Goats = substitutes for people/Israel  (scapegoat)

After the Resurrection, the disciples recognized:
#1)  these sacrifices = Pictures of the Christ to come.  (picture prophecies)
New Testament - "shadow(s)"

And #2)  what the sacrifices pictured - Christ fulfilled!!
Example:  Heb. 10:1-7, 10 - once for all

 Tonight - we paint a picture OF the Substitutionary Sacrifice ... IN the Lord's Supper - A Ritual Ceremony that pictures (portrays) His Substitutionary Sacrifice for us.

We .... gather
           worship (scripture & song)
           bread bread & drink wine (the picture)
This was instituted by Christ Himself - therefore is IMPORTANT!!

The Lord's Supper is a time to:

(1)  Remember His Sacrifice for you.
        Personal - not just for us
        Substitutionary - 1 Pet. 3:18 - "to bring you to God"

(2)  Visually Express your faith  - assembling encourages
        in Him   (His work, word, promises)    
        in His current Sovereignty
        in His imminent Return
Rom.  1:16-17 - no other way to God - "no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved."

(3)  Renew Your Commitment

(4)  Recognize our Common Bond
on one hand - we partake  individually
However - we celebrate corporately

NOTE  1 Cor. 11:28 - "ought to examine"
Question is NOT are you worthy?
Question = will you partake in a worthy manner?
We will always be unworthy of the blood of Christ

Coming in a worthy manner includes:
#1.  Recognition of your sin, sins, sinfulness   OR unworthiness!!
#2.  Humility - not pride
#3.  Contrition - remorse, regret for sinful behavior
#4.  Thanksgiving - "Eucharist" = gratitude

Closing Scripture:  Heb. 10:19-25

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