New Hope Church of the Nazarene
communion (the lords supper)
Fall RetreatOctober 18, 2019 - 9:30 AM - October 20, 2019 - 2:00 PMThe retreat is completely full please be praying for God to move in our young people this weekend.
- There Shall Be Showers
- When We All Get to Heaven
- IntroductionPassover has come about / Feast of unleavened breadCelebrated Israels Exodus from Egypt. Leaving without time to put yeast/leaven in their bread.Jesus and His disciples have returned to Jerusalem.The Chief priests and the Scribes were looking for a way to kill Jesus.V. 3 Says Satan entered into Judas.This is a figure of speech.Judas was not possessed.He had alined himself to the devils cause (to be rid of Christ.)We see Judas getting with the Chief priests and officers cooking up a way that he might betray him.Why? Jesus was looked just like you and I, ordinary.Pics of Jesus looking different than everyone, this is not the case.We then see Peter and John being sent ahead to prepare for passover.We are going to pick up at verse 14Luke 22:When the hour had come, He reclined at the table, and the apostles with Him. And He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.” And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. “But behold, the hand of the one betraying Me is with Mine on the table. “For indeed, the Son of Man is going as it has been determined; but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!” And they began to discuss among themselves which one of them it might be who was going to do this thing.PassoverIf you have been part of our Passover this past year you may remember but if not lets go over a few things.Passover was not just another meal.It is a celebration of the exodus out of Egypt.A remembrance of the last of the plagues.Passing over of the first born male.It was and still is eaten reclinedPassover was a family Feast.Jesus is with his familyIt takes a lot of preparation, none of which is taken litely.The normal procedure at the Passover meal was to have an opening prayer which was followed by the first of four cups of wine and a dish of herbs and sauce. Then the story of the institution of the Passover was recited, was sung and the second cup of wine was drunk. After a grace the main course of roast lamb with unleavened bread and bitter herbs was eaten, and after a further prayer the third cup of wine was drunk. were then sung, and the fourth cup of wine was drunk.Jesus began the meal by saying that he would shortly suffer and desired to eat this last meal undisturbed. It would be the last supper, for the next occasion for him would be the fulfilment of the meal in the kingdom of God. The reference is probably to the Messianic banquet rather than to the church’s observance of the Lord’s Supper.Then Jesus took a cup of wine (the first or the second in the series) and reaffirmed that this would be the last occasion on which he would drink before the coming of the kingdom; in this way he clearly linked his death to the coming of the kingdom. This is my body manifestly means ‘This represents my body’. Jesus indicated that his body was about to be given for his disciples in a death on their behalf, and he bade them to repeat the ceremony in remembrance of him. The third cup of wine symbolized his blood by which the new covenant was inaugurated with a sacrifice (; ). Finally he spoke of his imminent betrayal, bringing together in one difficult saying the facts of the divinely ordained course which he had to follow and the free responsibility and consequent guilt of the person who betrayed him.Marshall, I. H. (1994). Luke. In D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer, & G. J. Wenham (Eds.), New Bible commentary: 21st century edition (4th ed., p. 1015). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.The Last Feast or Festival Jesus would share.Vows were common place in Judaism at this time.The time of the Kingdom was often thought of as the next feast.So the Vow Jesus gives in verse 16& 17, that He will not eat or drink of the vine again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God would not have been strange to the disciples there at that time.The disciples did not truly understand the significance of these words at the time they were uttered.And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.Luke 22And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.”Luke 22:17Some say that here Jesus was talking about canabalism.This is just a figure of speech.The Jewish interpretation spoken over the Passover bread “This is the bread of affliction our ancestors ate when they came from Egypt.”Bread does not keep that long. It is symbolism.This would have come as a surprise to the disciples.Jewish custom and tradition is to not drink blood. This may have sparked some interest.Blood was significant in that it was used in sacrifices.in the saving of the first born being put on the door frames.The disciples would soon see that this man they had been with for the past 3 years would soon be the new Passover Lamb.Why do partake in the Lord’s Supper?There is no magical power in the elements.It is a reminder of the price that Jesus Christ paid for our salvation.It reminds us of Gods grace to pardon our sins and enabling us to leave them.The Early church would partake daily or at a minimum 4 days a week.We do not do it as often today so as to make it a true remembrance.Many have said to partake every week diminishes the act.And for some it mayI am not sure this is a good thing.We should never forget the sacrifice that Christ became on our behalf.As we get ready to come together I want us to focus inward, I am going to have some music playing and I want us to pray to ourselves.Reflect on what God has done for you, the sacrifice that Jesus became to save your soul. And the messages the Holy Spirit drops inside our soul daily in following Him.InvitationThe administration of the Lord’s Supper may be introduced by an appropriate sermon and the reading of ; , or some other suitable passage. Let the minister then give the following invitation:The Communion Supper, instituted by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is a sacrament, which proclaims His life, His sufferings, His sacrificial death, and resurrection, and the hope of His coming again. It shows forth the Lord’s death until His return.The Supper is a means of grace in which Christ is present by the Spirit. It is to be received in reverent appreciation and gratefulness for the work of Christ.All those who are truly repentant, forsaking their sins, and believing in Christ for salvation are invited to participate in the death and resurrection of Christ. We come to the table that we may be renewed in life and salvation and be made one by the Spirit.In unity with the Church, we confess our faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. And so we pray:The minister may offer a prayer of confession and supplication, concluding with the following prayer of consecration:PrayerHoly God,We gather at this, your table, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who by your Spirit was anointed to preach good news to the poor, proclaim release to the captives, set at liberty those who are oppressed. Christ healed the sick, fed the hungry, ate with sinners, and established the new covenant for forgiveness of sins. We live in the hope of His coming again.On the night in which He was betrayed, He took bread, gave thanks, broke the bread, gave it to His disciples, and said: “This is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”Likewise, when the supper was over, He took the cup, gave thanks, gave it to His disciples, and said: “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me.” Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (, )And so, we gather as the Body of Christ to offer ourselves to you in praise and thanksgiving. Pour out your Holy Spirit on us and on these your gifts. Make them by the power of your Spirit to be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the Body of Christ, redeemed by His blood.By your Spirit make us one in Christ, one with each other, and one in the ministry of Christ to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, let us pray:(Here the congregation may pray the Lord’s Prayer)Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.Before the partaking of the bread, let the minister say:The body of our Lord Jesus Christ, broken for you, preserve you blameless, unto everlasting life. Eat this in remembrance that Christ died for you, and be thankful.Before the partaking of the cup, let the minister say:The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, shed for you, preserve you blameless unto everlasting life. Drink this in remembrance that Christ died for you, and be thankful.After all have partaken, the minister may then offer a concluding prayer of thanksgiving and commitment. (29.5, 515.4, 532.7, 533.2, 534.1)
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