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The Lord’s Supper

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          The Lord’s Supper is also referred to as communion. On the night before His crucifixion, Jesus gave us “communion” as we know it today.

1 Corinthians 11:25-26  NIV    

“In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is

the new covenant in My blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’

For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”

          The dictionary describes communion as the act of sharing (having in common), an exchange of thoughts and feelings, an intimate time together, fellowship, and a close spiritual relationship. When we receive the communion elements (bread / juice) we enter into a very special (sacred) time with God.

1. Sharing

Share means to use, enjoy, or have something in common with another. Share emphasizes the idea of common possession, enjoyment, and use.

Romans 8:15-17  NKJV    

“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”

          Communion is a time to remember that you share an inheritance with Jesus because of what He did for you. We are joint heirs with Christ. Those who have received the salvation that Jesus paid for are the sons of God. They have been adopted into the family of God. Because of  this adoption, they will receive an eternal reward (inheritance). God has already set aside a wonderful inheritance for each believer in heaven.

1 Peter 1:3-5  NKJV    

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

2. Exchange Of Thoughts And Feelings

Exchange is to give one thing for another or to substitute one thing for another. When we exchange something we replace it. Communion should be a time of exchange. During communion we should exchange our mind, will, and emotions for those of Christ.

A.) Mind: Communion is a time of renewing your mind. It is very important for us to have the mind of Christ. When we have the mind of Christ we can resist the temptations of this world. We will also see ourselves as God sees us.

Romans 12:2  NKJV   

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

          When we have the mind of Christ we will strive to be obedient to the Father, just as Christ was obedient to the Father. Obedience comes from having the mind of Christ. Humility will also be part of our life as we take on the mind of Christ. All of our actions begin with a thought (within our minds).

Having the mind of Christ is important for the corporate body as well as the individual believer. As a body we must think and act like Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:6  NKJV    

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.”

Romans 8:5-8  NKJV    

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal minded life is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”

1 Corinthians 2:14-16  NKJV    

“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.”

        During communion you can exchange your worries and fears for the peace of God. As we keep our focus on God we will be at peace no matter what we see, feel or experience. When we have the mind of Christ we will be at peace. It will be a ‘perfect  peace’, one that comes only from God.

Isaiah 26:3  NKJV   

  “You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

B.) Will: The power of the mind to decide and do; deliberate control over our thoughts and actions; purpose; determination; what is chosen to be done; a legal statement of a person‘s wishes, feeling toward another.

Communion is a time of exchanging our will, our hopes, our dreams and our goals for those of God.

John 4:34  NKJV  

   “Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”

          Jesus desired to do the will of the Father, and we too should desire the same. Jesus delighted (desired greatly) and was determined  to do what His Father wished.

Psalms 40:8  NKJV  

   “I delight to do Your will, O my God,

And Your law is written within my heart.”

          Communion is a wonderful time to hear the voice of God as His Spirit teaches and instructs you to do His will.

Psalms 143:10  NKJV   

  “Teach me to do Your will,

For You are my God; Your Spirit is good.

Lead me in the land of uprightness.”

          Communion is a time when we can rededicate our lives to God and renew our commitment to Him. It is a time when we can express our desire to do His will and not our own. Like Jesus, each one of us must come to a point in our lives when we say, “Not my will Lord, but Yours.”

Luke 22:42  NKJV  

  “…Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”

C.) Emotions

Our emotions are the tender and sensitive part of us. Feeling, emotion and passion are pleasant or painful sensations produced in a person in reaction to something. Examples of these sensations are: love, joy, grief, fear, hate, anger, excitement, or sorrow. Communion is a time when we should exchange our emotions, our feeling, and our passions for those of Christ.

3. An Intimate Time With God

Communion is a very intimate time with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The dictionary describes intimate as very familiar; known very well; closely acquainted; resulting from close familiarity; close; personal; private; far within; deepest; inmost; a close friend. Communion is truly a very special, personal and private (even when in a corporate setting)  time between you and your very best friend that takes place deep within your inmost being. As we draw close to God (intimate with) He will fill us with living water. There will be a river of living water coming out of those who are intimate with God. It will satisfy not only them, but others may drink from the water and be satisfied.

John 7:37-38  NKJV    

“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

          Because of your intimacy with God, He will guide you, satisfy you and strengthen you. It is only natural to want to bless the ones that you are intimate with. The Holy Spirit will satisfy our thirst and produce a fountain flowing out of us for others.

Isaiah 58:11  NKJV    

“The Lord will guide you continually,

And satisfy your soul in drought,

And strengthen your bones;

You shall be like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”

4. Fellowship

Communion is a time when you can experience true fellowship with the Trinity. Fellowship is a condition or quality of being a member; companionship; friendship; a being one of the group; membership; brotherhood.

1 John 1:6-7  NKJV   

  “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

          When you have fellowship with someone you will reflect their character. Our fellowship with God is dependent on walking in the light of God. In God’s light sin can be revealed (by the Holy Spirit). When the Holy Spirit exposes sin we can go to Jesus for forgiveness. Communion can be a wonderful time of forgiveness and restoration.

5. Close Spiritual Relationship

Close: with little space between; near; fitting tightly; tight; having its parts near together; intimate; dear.

          Spiritual: having to do with the spirit or soul; caring much for the things of the spirit or soul. 

          Relationship: connection; condition of belonging to the same family.

          During communion your spirit can connect with the Spirit of God. It is a time to draw near to God.

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We Have Been Anointed

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         Jesus was called and anointed to preach good tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to open the prison to those who were bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, to proclaim the day of vengeance of our God, and to comfort all who mourn.

Isaiah 61:1-3  NKJV    

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,

Because the Lord has anointed Me

To preach good tidings to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives,

And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,

And the day of vengeance of our God;

To comfort all who mourn,

To give them beauty for ashes,

The oil of joy for mourning,

The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

That they may be called trees of righteousness,

The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

          The body of Christ we have been called and anointed to continue the ministry of Jesus. We are the physical body that He has chosen to work through. As Jesus in this world we are to do the things that Jesus did and even do greater things.

I. To Preach Good Tidings To The Poor

Preach means to speak publicly on a religious subject, to give earnest advice, and to recommend strongly.  As a Christian we are to speak publicly about Jesus Christ and the Good News (good tidings). We are to be informative concerning spiritual things. The light that God has given us should not be hidden.

Matthew 5:14-16  NKJV    

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

          We must give earnest advice based on the Word of God and strongly recommend that it is followed. We must know what we believe and why we believe it. Also, we must know why we have hope in Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 3:15  NKJV   

  “…and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…”

II. To Heal The Brokenhearted

During His ministry, when Jesus healed someone, He made them whole, sound, or well. He removed from them everything bad. In Isaiah we are told that it is by the stripes that Jesus took that we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5  NKJV    

“But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

And by His stripes we are healed.”

          Jesus has already paid the price for our healing. It is up to us to take the authority over evil (bad) and receive what has already been paid for. Heal means to make whole, sound, or well; to be free from anything bad; to get rid of anything bad. As  Christians we are to take authority over evil on behalf of others. We are to be used by God to bring healing to those that are crushed by sorrow or grief(brokenhearted).

III. To Proclaim Liberty To The Captives

To make known (declare) publicly and officially is to proclaim.

Liberty is a condition of being free; freedom from captivity, imprisonment, or slavery.

A captive is someone who is held against their will, prisoner, or someone owned and controlled by another.

          As a Christian we are to publicly declare to those who are being held against their will and controlled by sin and Satan that they have been made free by Jesus Christ. Jesus’ sacrifice paid from their freedom in full. When a person is held in spiritual bondage (slavery) they can not break away from it on their own. They must be set free by someone else. Jesus gave His very own blood as a payment for our freedom.

John 8:36  NKJV    

“Jesus answered them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abides in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.’ ”

Galatians 5:1  NKJV  

   “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

IV. To Open The Prison To Those Who Are Bound

Open means letting anyone in or out; not shut; not closed; not having its gate, window or door closed; not closed or confined; not taken; unfilled; free; exposed;  exposed to general view, knowledge, etc.; not hidden or secret; not obstructed; not prejudiced.

A prison is a place where criminals are confined; jail; any place where a person is held against their will; captivity or confinement; imprisonment.

Bound means under obligation; tied down by circumstance; tied fast; fastened.

          By sharing the gospel with those that are bound  by sin we are providing a door for their escape. The gospel will reveal their condition and provide them with knowledge. God’s Word will bring light into their life and expose the plans of Satan. It will also reveal to them the wonderful plan that God has for them. By turning to Jesus they will find freedom. What was hidden from them can be clearly seen.

2 Corinthians 3:16-17  NKJV   

  “Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

V. To Proclaim The Acceptable Year Of The Lord

We are to make known that today is the day of salvation. Not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today.

2 Corinthians 6:1,2  NKJV   

  “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the

grace of God in  vain. For He says: ‘In an acceptable time together I have heard you,

And in the day of salvation I have helped you.’

Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

             We never know when those around us will breath their last breath. They may never have another tomorrow or another chance to hear the gospel. It is up to us to let them know that today, this day, is the day of salvation.

VI. To Proclaim The Day Of Vengeance Of Our God

Vengeance is punishment in return for a wrong. God is a God of mercy and grace, however one day He will be a God of judgment also. As Christians we must proclaim the whole gospel, and that includes the fact that one day God will judge man for his sins.

Revelation 20:11-15  NKJV    

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judges, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

          After the judgment of sin the sentence (penalty) for those found guilty will be eternal damnation. The guilty will spend eternity in the lake of fire, a place of great torment and pain.

VII. To Comfort All Who Mourn

Everywhere we go we are to give comfort to those who need it. The church has been called to ease the grief and sorrow of those around us. We are to help and give support. In their times of trouble or sorrow we are to help ease their burden or hardship.

A. To give those who mourn beauty for ashes.

Every situation can be used to bring glory to God. God can take a bad situation and make something beautiful and good out of it. We are to help those around us see the good in whatever they are going through.

B. To give those who mourn the oil of joy for mourning.

Joy does not come from what is going on around us. True joy only comes from God. We can have joy even in the midst of everything around us falling apart.

C. To give those who mourn the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

When man begins to praise God something wonderful happens. No matter how down or discouraged a person is, when they praise God they begin to fell the heaviness leave their life. The situation that caused them to be down may still be there, but they have a renewed assurance from God that He will be with them through it.

Conclusion:

We need the Holy Spirit to help us finish His work. It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that we can do what Jesus has called us to do. We need His power, His strength, His knowledge, His wisdom, His counsel, and His direction. Our attitude should be the same as Jesus.

John 4:34  NKJV  

   “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”

Dear Father,

Help me by the power of Your Holy Spirit to do what You have called me to do. Help me to preach good tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to open the prison to those who were bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, to proclaim the day of vengeance of our God, and to comfort all who mourn. Let me continue the ministry of Jesus. Thank You that You have chosen me to work through. When people encounter me, let them encounter Jesus Christ. Cause my life to be a reflection of You, O Lord.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.