Defining Moments

Communion

May 23, 2021

“When you eat this, remember my body.” (1Corinthians 11:24)
“When you drink from this cup remember my blood shed for your sins.” (1Corinthians 11:25)

1. Notice the preparation for the Lord’s Supper.

On the first day of the feast of unleavened bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover Lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make arrangements for you to eat the Passover?” (Mark 14:12)

So, he sent two of his disciples telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him.” (Mark 14:13)

“Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large upper room furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” (Mark 14:14-15)

So the disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.” (Mark 14:16)

-Come ready to worship.

-Have realistic expectations.

-Write out a prayer.

-Read Scripture.

-Touch your hands where Jesus’ body was broken.

-Remember with joy, not just sorrow.

“Whenever I eat the bread, my head is bowed, I’m looking downward, remembering Christ’s death and burial. But when I drink the cup, I lift my head up, my eyes look to heaven. Then I remember that He arose, ascended, and one day He will return [and make all things new].” –Lee Carter Maynard

2. Notice not only the preparation but notice the participants.

When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will be betray me—one who is eating with me.” (Mark 14:17-18)

Jesus was very troubled and he said, “One of you will turn against me.” (John 13:21) Everybody said, “Lord, is it I?”

“It is one of the twelve–the one who dips bread into the bowl with me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” (Mark 14:20-21)

“You will all fall away; for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered.’” (Mark 14:27)

Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not. I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered him, “today, yes tonight before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.” But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.”
(Mark 14:29-31)

“Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32)

Therefore, whoever eats the bread and drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. (1 Corinthians 11:27-29)

Don’t take communion if you’re not a follower of Jesus.

Don’t take communion if you have “sin on your calendar.”

A man ought to examine himself before he eats the bread and drinks of the cup. (1 Corinthians 11:28)

Don’t take communion if there is someone in your life you haven’t forgiven.

Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24)

Don’t take communion if you are totally distracted or irritated.

For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 11:29-30)

3. Jesus communicated to His followers the purpose of communion.

While they were eating, Jesus took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying, “take it; this is my body.” (Mark 14:22)

“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.” (Mark 14:24) “Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19)

-It’s vividly symbolic.

-It’s affordable and available.

-It’s portable.

-It’s interactive.

As often as you eat the bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:26)

Everybody’s welcome.
Nobody’s perfect.
Through Jesus, anything’s possible.

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