Scripture Focus- Matthew 26:26-30
Watch The Sermon Here (The sermon begins at the 43:13 mark of the video).
#GivingTuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas Season. The emphasis day was started in response to commercialization and consumerism in the days after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. $180 Million Dollars was raised in a 24 hour period.
Each week when followers of Jesus in churches all across the globe gather together, they do so to celebrate the greatest gift ever given, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Matthew 26 tells us of the institution of the Lord’s Supper.
The Lord’s Table reminds us of the body of Jesus given for us.
V26 Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to his disciples and said, “Take and eat it, this is my body.”
The doctrine of the Incarnation= Jesus the Son of God took on human flesh. John 1:14 The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Bread was integral to the Jewish Passover Meal. They ate unleavened bread during the meal and then for seven days following as a celebration of the exodus from Egypt. When the Jews were wandering in the desert for 40 years, God provided bread from heaven to sustain them. The showbread or bread of the Presence was always on a table in the tabernacle and later in the Temple.
Jesus is essential for life. Physical bread perishes and spiritual bread is eternal.
The Lord’s Table reminds us of the blood of Jesus.
Vv27-28 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks, he gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Israel was delivered from Egypt by the blood of the Passover lamb. Had that blood not been smeared on the doorpost, on the lintels of their houses, they would have met the same fate as the Egyptians. What made the difference between Israel and Egypt? The blood of the Passover lamb.
On that night at the Passover celebration, Jesus chose to institute the Lord’s Supper in such a way to link it as closely as He possibly can to the Passover itself, in all its rich theological background, so that we would recognize that in the Lord’s Supper, everything that had been set forth in the Passover was being fulfilled.
Jeremiah 31:31-34 1 Peter 1:18-20
The death of Jesus was a covenant sacrifice that secured forgiveness of sins.
The Lord’s Table points us to the hope we have in our Father’s Kingdom.
Jesus made a promise that we can hope in future glory. The disciples would experience great trials.
The Global Missions Task Before Us
7.3 Billion People- 2.3 Christian (750m Evangelical); 1.7 Muslim; 1.1 Hindu; 979m non-rel; 488m Buddhist; 671m Ethnic Rel; 103 other.
11,490 People Groups in the World; 6700 Unreached; 3203 Unengaged
What John’s vision in Revelation pictures is the wedding feast of the Lamb (Jesus Christ) and His bride (the Church). The marriage supper of the Lamb is a glorious celebration of all who are in Christ! Jesus is the host of this meal for the church on earth, for it is the Lord’s Supper; and, as the Lamb Christ, will be the host of the heavenly wedding banquet.
The Lord’s Table is about remembering and rejoicing that Jesus gave his body and shed his blood. In the marriage supper of the Lamb, we will remember eternally.