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The Last Supper

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On the Lord’s day a group of missionaries and believers in New Guinea were gathered together to observe the Lord’s Supper. After one young man sat down, a missionary recognized that a sudden tremor had passed through the young man’s body. That indicated he was under a great … More

Lord's Supper

Jesus eats His last meal with His disciples. This was the Passover meal (vv. 14-20). As it was drawing to a close, He instituted the ordinance that the church calls"Communion” or “The Lord’s  Supper.” The bread and wine represented Christ’s broken body and His blood that would soon be shed on the cross of Calvary. The bread remained bread and the wine (grape juice that was not intoxicating) remained wine. When we partake in “The Lord’s Supper“ today, we simply identify ourselves with His body and blood (I Cor. 10:16). There is no suggestion that we receive His body and blood as some teach today. Following the “The Lord’s Supper,” Jesus reveals two basic character flaws in the individual disciples:

  1. He reveals a traitor in their midst (vv. 21-23). The fact that the disciples were puzzled by this strange announcement shows that they did not know Judas’ true character. Neither did they remember the Lord’s statements that He would be betrayed (Matt. 17:22).
  2. He reveals how selfish they are (vv. 24-30). It seems that as soon as “The Lord’s Supper“ was over, an argument broke out among the disciples as to who was the greatest. When a person is inter­ested in promoting himself, it doesn’t take much to start an argument. What are your concerns today?

Application

What are my major concerns today? Twenty years from now as I look back, will these things look petty and minor? I am encouraged to know that Christ is as concerned for me as He was for Peter.

Luke 22:14-30 (English Standard Version)

And when the hour came, he reclined at 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 tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God." And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, "Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes." And he took bread, and when he had 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 likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!" And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this. A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And he said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves. "You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel."

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