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It’s the Lord’s
Text: 1 Corinthians 11:18-31
Introduction: One night, after some 3 ½ years of ministry, Jesus
ascended into an upper room with the twelve He had chosen and named
apostles. There, alone with His tiny band of followers, He instituted
the Lord’s Supper. In less than 24 hours, the dead body of Jesus would
lie in a borrowed tomb. His disciples would be numb with shock. And in
their confusion and grief, their minds would go back to the last days
and hours with Jesus:
The Triumphal Entry
The Arrest in the Garden
The Trial and Crucifixion
And they would relive each moment of their last meal with Jesus. The
Gospels are rich with details. They sat down to dinner and began to
eat. They probably discussed the day’s events. Then Jesus made a
comment that brought instant silence. “Verily, I say unto you, that
one of you shall betray me.” Matthew records that each one of them
asked Him, “Lord, is it I?”
Shortly thereafter, Judas left. Then, as the eleven remaining apostles
looked on, Jesus took a loaf of unleavened bread in His hands. He
blessed it, thanking God for that which it symbolized. Next, He broke
it into pieces and passed it among His disciples saying, “This is my
body which is broken for you.” At that time, the meaning escaped them.
They didn’t understand. Twenty-four hour later, the light of
understanding must have begun to dawn on them as they recalled the
tortured, battered, crucified body of their Lord. After they had eaten
the bread, He took a cup filled with the unfermented fruit of the vine
and blessed it. As He passed it to the waiting hands of the apostles,
He said, “This cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for
That night, they must have wondered what Jesus meant. Twenty-four
hours later, as the words were recalled, they would also call up the
picture of the blood flowing from a hundred wounds, matted in their
Savior’s hair, darkening His flesh, and staining the ground.
That is what the Lord’s Supper is meant to do. The two elements are to
remind us of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It is something unique. As
our reading tonight bears out, it is to be done soberly. God has
expressed His displeasure with those who abuse His Table. It is to be
observed in a particular way, in a particular place, by a particular
group of people. It is His Supper, and it is to be observed as He gave
I. It is a Special Observance 18-22
The abuses of the Corinthians caused their observance of the Lord’s
Supper to be rejected by the Lord. (See Verse 20) They had a spirit of
selfishness and divisiveness. Those who were “approved” of were given
a special place at the tables. While some feasted, others were allowed
to go hungry. What had been designed to be a solemn reminder of the
price of their salvation had degenerated into a feast of epic
proportions. “This,” Paul said, “Is not the Lord’s Supper, regardless
of what you may call it.”
The Lord’s Supper is meant to be special. It is His Supper.
A. He instituted it
B. He determined what elements would be used
C. He gave the elements their meaning
D. He limited those who could partake.
1. Although there were many disciples, He ate it only with the eleven
a. No friends or strangers were invited to that table.
b. Not even the owner of the home where it was first celebrated was
invited to attend.
2. Because Jesus limited those who participated, we must also.
a. It is for the saved those who have professed faith in Christ
b. It is for the baptized
1) Scriptural baptism is by immersion
2) Scriptural baptism takes place after salvation
3) Scriptural baptism “adds” a person to a local body of believers.
READ ACTS 2:41-42
c. It is for the members of a local church. It is not for friends, or
even other believers of a “like faith and practice.”
II. It is a Symbolic Observance 23-26
A. It has two elements
1. The bread is a symbol of the broken body of Jesus.
a. The bruised, battered, tortured, pierced, beaten, spat upon body of
b. We are saved because He suffered in our place. By His stripes we
2. The cup reminds us of the New Testament in His blood.
a. The old testament, or covenant, was inferior. It relied upon the
blood of bulls and goats that could never take away a man’s sins.
B. It has two purposes
1. We are to look back to the cross to shew forth the Lord’s Death
2. We are to look forward to His coming till He comes
a. We believe He came once, and we believe He will come again
b. Each time we partake, it is with the hope that Jesus will come for
before we can partake of it again.
III. It is a Serious Observance 27-31
A. The Need for Discernment - None is to eat it unworthily
1. To be unworthy means to be unfit inappropriately, improperly.
a. Those who distort the meaning, as did the Corinthians, eat and
b. Those who despise the meaning, saying we will do as we please, eat
and drink unworthily
c. Those who fail to discern the Lord’s Body (the meaning behind the
Verse 29, eat and drink unworthily.
1) You must be born again a believer
2) You must be baptized
3) You must be a part of this local body
2. To eat and drink unworthily is a serious offense in the eyes of
a. It is to be guilty of the body and the blood of Jesus to share the
guilt of those who crucified Christ
b. It invites the discipline of God upon your life.
1) Damnation doesn’t refer to going to hell
2) It was a legal term that meant you stood condemned and deserving of
NOTE: Because of the abuse of the Lord’s Supper by the Corinthians,
many were weak, many were sick, and many had died! Just as God had
done in the past (Nadab and Abihu, Ananias and Saphira), he gave the
first offenders what they deserved so that you and I might remember
that He is holy and we are to be careful in how we worship Him and
keep His commands.
B. The Need for Examination
1. Each man is to examine Himself.
a. Are you a qualified candidate?
1) Not saved? Trust Christ today!
2) No baptized? Present yourself for baptism the first step of
for a Christian
3) Not a member yet? Why not join tonight?
b. Do you have the right attitude?
c. Do you have anything against another believer that ought to be made
right before you partake?
2. If we would not be judged by God, we must examine and judge
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