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Main Text: Matthew 26:17-20, 26-30.
Memory Verse: While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying ‘Take and eat; this is my body. – Matthew 26:26.
The Lord’s Supper is a living memorial observed in remembrance of Christ’s death for our redemption from sin and condemnation. It is the seventh (7th) tenet of our Church, affirming the strong belief we have in its sacredness and significance. All members with full membership and in good standing (that is, those who have been baptized in water – by immersion – and are living in accordance to the Word of God) are expected to partake in it always. This sacred ordinance is sometimes referred to as the Breaking of Bread, Holy Communion and the Lord’s Table. In our study today, we will study about the institution of the Lord’s Supper.
Questions for Discussion
What did Jesus do when He took the bread and cup? Verses 26, 27.
Why did Jesus have to shed His blood? Verse 28.
Discuss the statement, ‘for this is My blood of the new covenant’. Verse 28.
How is the Lord’s Supper similar to or different from the Passover Feast?
Why do we celebrate the Lord’s Supper? Luke 22:19.
The Lord’s Supper was established by Jesus when He was eating the Passover meal with His disciples (Matt. 26:17-20). The Jews celebrated the Passover feast in memory of their historic redemption from slavery in Egypt (Exo. 12). Thus, just as the Passover is celebrated to commemorate the deliverance of the Jews from Egypt, the Lord’s Supper is celebrated to commemorate the sacrificial death of Jesus, the Lamb of God, who inaugurates the new exodus. The Lord Jesus commands His disciples to celebrate the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of Him (Luke 22:19). The main reason why the Church celebrates the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper is because it is the command of the Lord Jesus.
Thus, whenever we come to the table to eat of the bread and drink of the cup, we must remember the priceless sacrifice of Christ on the cross which has brought us redemption, and be willing to also stand for Him, even if it would mean death. It is an occasion of thanksgiving for the salvation and blessings that God has made available for humankind in Christ.