2001-04-29 - Passages About the Sacrament of Communion
Some of us participate in Communion via a "common cup;" others use practical
plastic cups. Some of us celebrate "The Lord's Supper" every week, while
others do it only once each quarter. But we all share one thing in common;
we do it "in remembrance of" Christ's sacrifice for us. Today we will see
some passages -- poignant reminders -- related to Communion.
Luke 22:15-20 (NIV) And he said to them, "I have eagerly
desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I
will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God."
After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among
you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until
the kingdom of God comes." And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and
gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance
of me." In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This
cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
Matthew 26:26-30 (NIV) While they were eating, Jesus
took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying,
"Take and eat; this is my body." Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered
it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant,
which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will
not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink
it anew with you in my Father's kingdom." When they had sung a hymn, they
went out to the Mount of Olives.
1 Corinthians 11:20-22 (NIV) When you come together,
it is not the Lord's Supper you eat, for as you eat, each of you goes ahead
without waiting for anybody else. One remains hungry, another gets drunk.
Don't you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of
God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall
I praise you for this? Certainly not!
1 Corinthians 11: 27-29 (NIV) Therefore, whoever eats
the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty
of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine
himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who
eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks
judgment on himself.