Thursday, April 9, 2009

Maundy Thursday Lord's Supper

Tonight we observe the Lord's Supper. "The Lord's Supper" is the title given by Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:20: "When you come together, it is not the Lord's Supper you eat."

Paul also referred to it as "the Lord's table" in 1 Corinthians 10:21: "You cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons."

The Bible indicates that the Lord's Supper has its roots in the Old Testament remembrance and celebration of the Passover.

The Lord's Supper is not only historical in significance but theological for it symbolizes the sacrificial death of THE Lamb of God, our Lord Jesus Christ. The bread symbolizes the broken body of Jesus while the wine symbolizes His shed blood poured out for the remission of sins.

The Lord's Supper also has about it a significance for the church, the body of Christ today. As believers come together to observe and partake of the Lord's Supper we are spiritually nourished for we are reminded of Christ's love, grace, and mercy.

Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 11:26 that The Lord's Supper also carries an eschatalogical significance. For Paul says, "For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. " The Lord's Supper looks forward to the second coming of Christ in all His glory.

The Lord's Supper is a significant symbol of faith. It looks back to what Christ has done for us in reconciling us to God. It also looks forward to what Christ will do for us when He returns.

Let us come to the table with surrender of will and sincerity of heart. Let us come to remember.