Pastor Stephen Hayes
Sunday April 30, 2017
Luke 22: 14-20 When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you, do this in remembrance of Me.” Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.
In remembrance of Jesus
- Among the things that happen during the sacrament of Communion is a moment to “remember” Jesus; to reflect on His life and sacrifice with thanksgiving.
- As we go through our lives, how often do we take time to think about Jesus and what He accomplished for us?
- Ideally, we should be in a continual state of thanksgiving; being appreciative of the things He has just done for us, for those things we forgot to say “thank you” when they happened, and the things He has done for us we aren’t aware of.
The Lord’s Supper
- On the evening before He was crucified, Jesus introduced His disciples to a ritual Christians have been following since that day.
- Communion – also known as The Lord’s Supper – uses bread and “fruit of the vine” as a regularly-practiced ritual which produces thankful recognition for what He accomplished on the cross to give us eternal life with Him.