memorial could have been put in place to remember our Lord’s death than that
of the Lord’s Table? Perhaps a great
monument could have been erected, but even the best of monuments do not last
forever. Many a monument has been
found buried in the dirt or hidden behind some wall, forgotten and buried
through time. Many a headstone in a
graveyard has washed away, even when etched in granite, through the weathering
of time. But establish a memorial
acted out regularly by faithful men and women, like this Lord’s Table, and now
you have a self renewing memorial that will, and has endured through the ages.]
Through the Lord’s Table we,
Look Back On
Calvary’s Cross [- Notice the elements that are incorporated into
Suffering Of His Body (vs 24) [-
And when he had given thanks, he
brake it, and said, Take, eat:
this is my body, which
is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. – His
[Bread is an
incredible picture of Christ’s suffering – Think of what it takes to make
bread. The seed must be planted and
it must germinate. Then the tender
plant must endure the frost and then the fragile state of its stem.
When it grows it produces its precious seed which must be harvested.
The seed must be violently separated from its stalk by some form of
mechanical threshing. The seed must
then be ground into wheat and then the wheat kneaded into dough.
The dough is then cooked at a high temperature until it is baked into
bread. Then the bread must be
broken to be eaten.]
image of the suffering of our Lord could have been provided than bread.
The Bible reminds us,]
1 Who hath believed our report? and to
whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 2
For he shall grow up
before him as a tender plant,
and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we
shall see him, there is
no beauty that we should
desire him. 3 He is despised and
rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it
were our faces from him; he was
despised, and we esteemed him not. 4
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did
esteem him stricken, smitten of God,
and afflicted. 5
was wounded for our
transgressions, he was bruised
for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace
was upon him; and with his
stripes we are healed.]
[What an incredible picture of our Lord’s suffering.
A simple piece of broken bread.]
Sacrifice Of His Blood (vs 25)
After the same manner also
he took the cup, when he had
supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as
ye drink it, in remembrance of
me. – His Shed Blood.]
[The wine also provides an incredible picture of the
suffering of our Lord. It is said
that the vine that grows the grapes is pruned each year.
Not just lightly pruned by cut back so as to appear as if nothing but a
mere stump each year. Then when it
grows it produces the grape, which is gathered and then is crushed to gather is
precious juice. The separation of
the juice from the grape undeniable pictures the shedding of our Lord’s precious
blood. Again, the fruit of the vine
demonstrates the violent suffering of our Lord.]
Separation Of Them Both (John 10.15) [- Then at the Lord’s Table we
partake of the bread and the juice
The juice is in the cup the bread is broken alone. Our Lord gave the
bread first and then the cup, representing the separation of the body from the
blood. This again is an undeniable
picture of the death of our Lord and Savior. A
body without blood is a dead body.
A body cannot live without blood. The life of the body is in the blood.
Thus reminding us that our Lord laid down His life for His sheep (John
Sanctity Of The Body (vs 26; John 6.53-57) [- This is not our Lord’s
physical body but the Church Body or fellowship. Through the death and
burial of our Lord we now have a life giving feast, whereby our Lord said,]
53 . . . Verily, verily, I
say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood,
ye have no life in you.
54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and
drinketh my blood,
hath eternal life;
and I will raise him up at the last day. 55
For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh
dwelleth in me, and I in
him. 57 As the living
Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me,
even he shall live by me.]
[As we eat this bread and drink of this cup we are
reminded that our spiritual life is linked to the body and blood of our Lord as
much as our physical life is link to the nourishment of food and drink.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is our abounding life, without Him we would quickly
[Secondly, there is the
Community Of The Lord’s
Table, we are reminded that we need the fellowship of the Church in
order to grow and be strong in our Lord.
By partaking of the Lord’s table only in the fellowship of the Lord’s
Church we are reminded that the Church is the Body of Christ and is important to
our life in Christ. We can no
sooner live without the Church than we could live in Christ without our Lord’s
body and blood; for without them we have no salvation.]
With Conviction (vs 26) [–
. . .
ye do shew the Lord's death till he
come.]- This Lord’s Table should
Remember (Luke 22.19-20)
19 And he took bread, and gave thanks,
and brake it, and gave unto
them, saying, This is my body which is given for you:
this do in remembrance
of me. 20 Likewise also
the cup after supper, saying, This cup
is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. ]
[We all have the same problem.
That problem is retention.
We have the natural human tendency of forgetting.
Perhaps we don’t always forget so much as the memory becomes cold and old
to us. And if the truth were
admitted we would have to say our memories grow cold faster than we would like
to admit. Our Lord gave us this
table of memorial so that we would never forget our Lord’s death.
So that we would never forget what he did for us and how much we needed
Him to die for us.]
Recast [- In this Lord ’s Supper we join with all the saints of God who
have remembered at this table through ages gone by.
We join with the apostles John, Peter, Matthew, Mark, and Paul.
We join with John Bunyan, AW Tozer, DL Moody, and Mark DeHaan.
Through this table we join with countless untold martyrs through the ages
who have remembered our Lord’s death with this memorial and then sacrificially
surrendered their lives for the gospel of our Lord.
C.H. Spurgeon once said,]
[Do you see what this communion really is?
It is a bridge of diamonds; it
springs from our Lord's death with one grand arch, and it spans the intervening
space "till he come." Blessed are they that are treading that glorious
bridge, and marching on, washed in the blood of his death, till they shall wear
the white robes of his victory in the day of his appearing.]
[You have joined in the fellowship of the saints of old
who have all taken from this table and proclaimed the death of our Lord.
Now, will you recast this fellowship to the next generation?
Will your life in Christ be found worthy of continuing the forward
fellowship of this blessed table?
Or will you disgrace the memory and memorial of our Lord?
Lord forbid, that this memorial should cease with this generation, but
let us faithfully remember our Lord’s sacrifice and surrender our lives for Him
Regard (John 14.1-3; Rev 21.2)
[- . . . Tell He Comes . . .
reminds us that our Lord is indeed coming again and we must always be
ready. Our Lord said,]
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father's house are many
mansions: if it were not
so, I would have told you. I go
to prepare a place for you. 3 And
if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again,
and receive you unto myself; that where I am,
there ye may be also.]
[This Lord’s Table ought to always
remind you to keep yourself ready.
This table ought to place a heightened sense of expectancy within you, and
anticipation of our Lord’s soon appearing.
So that you might be,]
2 . . . prepared as a bride adorned for
[You should see the second coming of our Lord
wrapped up in this Lord’s table.]
To His Coming – As you watch for His Coming consider,
Preparation (vs 27-28; Heb 5.11-14; 1 Pet 2.2; Eph 4.11-16) [–
Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread,
and drink this cup of the Lord,
unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so
let him eat of that bread, and
drink of that cup. – Now
what is this self judgment all about?
My friends this is speaking of the goal that is before us as we are
looking forward to our Lord’s coming.
What does our Lord’s coming demand of us?
It demands our maturity and our good stewardship.]
[Let us not be
satisfied to be found as we are today or as we were when we first received our
Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t be
satisfied to be found as a Babe in Christ.
Grow up in Jesus. Strive to
become full grown. Strive to grow
spiritually in your Lord. Don’t let
it be said of you what was said in,]
11 Of whom we have many things to say,
and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
12 For when for the time ye ought to be
teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which
be the first principles of the
oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong
meat. 13 For every one that useth
milk is unskilful in the word
of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age,
even those who by reason of use
have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.]
[My Christian brother and sister, don’t
be satisfied to just sit on your faith, but purpose to grow in your relationship
with your Lord. How do you grow?]
[Hunger for God’s Word]
[1 Peter 2:2
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may
[Aggressively Participate In Your Church]
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some,
prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for
the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the
faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the
measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we
henceforth be no more children,
tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight
of men, and cunning craftiness,
whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which
is the head, even Christ:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined
together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the
effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto
the edifying of itself in love.]
[Let this Lord’s Table remind you of the incredible
sacrifice our Lord has made for you and lead you to make willing sacrifices form
Him in return. Whatever you do for
your Lord will not be forgotten or unrewarded when He return.]
Purpose [- Our purpose is
that all the world might join us at this Lord’s table.
Those who are lost cannot join us at this table, for it would do them no
good. They have nothing to remember
and nothing to celebrate. We must
tell the story of Jesus in hope that they might be saved and might receive the
Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.]
CrossRoads Baptist, April 5, 2009
 Charles Haddon Spurgeon, –
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, (London: Passmore and Alabaster,
1917), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "2595 - What The Lord's
Supper Sees And Says"