A COMMUNION STORY WITH JESUS
Ps Mark Wilkinson –
Heart for the House Sunday 18.10.2020
Communion is one of the greatest blessings that Jesus has given to us so we can stay close to Him on this faith journey. It has an incredible story behind it that is found all across the Bible.
1 Corinthians 11:23-24 (TLB)
For this is what the Lord himself has said about his Table, and I have passed it on to you before: That on the night when Judas betrayed him, the Lord Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks to God for it, he broke it and gave it to his disciples and said, “Take this and eat it. This is my body, which is broken for you. Do this to remember me.”
1 Corinthians 11:25-26 (GNT)
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup and said, “This cup is God’s new covenant, sealed with my blood. Whenever you drink it, do so in memory of me.” This means that every time (PRESENT) you eat this bread and drink from this cup you proclaim the Lord’s death (PAST) until he comes (FUTURE).
When we partake in communion, we are reminded that:
You will experience the communion story throughout the Bible from the Old Testament to the New Testament and it begins in the book of Genesis.
1. A LAMB FOR A MAN
Genesis 22:13-14 (NCV)
Then Abraham looked up and saw a male sheep caught in a bush by its horns. So Abraham went and took the sheep and killed it. He offered it as a whole burnt offering to God, and his son was saved. So Abraham named that place The Lord Provides (The Lord will do it). Even today people say, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
2. A LAMB FOR A FAMILY
Exodus 12:1-5 (ERV)
While Moses and Aaron were still in Egypt, the Lord spoke to them. He said, “This month will be the first month of the year for you. This command is for the whole community of Israel: On the tenth day of this month each man must get one lamb for the people in his house. If there are not enough people in his house to eat a whole lamb, then he should invite some of his neighbors to share the meal. There must be enough lamb for everyone to eat. The lamb must be a one-year-old male, and it must be completely healthy.
3. A LAMB FOR A NATION
Leviticus 16:3; 17b (NCV)
“This is how Aaron may enter the Most Holy Place: Before he enters, he must offer a bull for a sin offering and a male sheep for a whole burnt offering …” “So Aaron will perform the acts to remove sins from himself, his family, and all the people of Israel, so they will belong to the Lord”.
4. A LAMB FOR THE WORLD
John 1:29 (ERV)
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God. He takes away the sins of the world!
5. A LAMB FOR ETERNITY
Revelation 5:11-13 (CJB)
Then I looked, and I heard the sound of a vast number of angels — thousands and thousands, millions and millions! They were all around the throne, the living beings and the elders; and they shouted out, “Worthy is the slaughtered Lamb to receive power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honour, glory and praise!” And I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth and on the sea — yes, everything in them — saying, “To the One sitting on the throne and to the Lamb belong praise, honor, glory and power forever and ever!”
1. COMMUNION IS FULL OF VISION
Luke 24:30-32 (TLB)
As they sat down to eat, Jesus asked God’s blessing on the food and then took a loaf of bread and broke it and was passing it over to them, when suddenly – it was as though THEIR EYES WERE OPENED – they could recognize him! And at that moment he disappeared! They began telling each other how their hearts had felt strangely warm as he talked with them and explained the Scriptures during the walk down the road.
When we take communion, our vision increases to see who He is, what He has for us and be who He has called us to be.
2. COMMUNION IS FULL OF HONOUR
John 12:26 (NLT)
Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will Honour anyone who serves me.
When we take communion, we give honour to Jesus. And with that spirit of honour, we can receive from Him.
3. COMMUNION IS FULL OF HOPE
Psalm 27:14 (GW)
Wait with HOPE for the Lord. Be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Yes, wait with HOPE for the Lord.
When we take communion, we are reminded to stay hopeful in Jesus despite the tough times we are currently facing.
4. COMMUNION IS FULL OF PROMISE
Psalm 119:49-50 (TLB)
Never forget your PROMISES to me your servant, for they are my only hope. They give me strength in all my troubles; how they refresh and revive me!
When we take communion, we are reminded of the promise God made to His son, Jesus, concerning us.
5. COMMUNION IS FULL OF HEALING
Acts 4:30 (GW)
Show your power by HEALING the sick, performing miracles, and doing amazing things through the power and the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
When we take communion, we are reminded of the healing and restoring power of God.
6. COMMUNION IS FULL OF PROVISION
Philippians 4:19 (NLT)
And this same God who takes care of me will SUPPLY all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
When we take communion, we are reminded that God provides everything we need. He provides for our job, career, families and friends.
7. COMMUNION IS FULL OF ACCEPTANCE
1 Peter 2:9-10 (MSG)
You are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to ACCEPTED.
When we take communion, we are reminded that through Christ we have become acceptable to God.
Matthew 26:26-28 (MSG)
During the meal, Jesus took and blessed the bread, broke it, and gave it to his disciples: Take, eat. This is my body. Taking the cup and thanking God, he gave it to them: Drink this, all of you. This is my blood, God’s new covenant poured out for many people for the forgiveness of sins.
Mark 14:22 (MSG)
On the first of the Days of Unleavened Bread, the day they prepare the Passover sacrifice, his disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations so you can eat the Passover meal?”
Luke 22:18-20 (MSG)
Taking bread, he blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, given for you. Eat it in my memory.” He did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant written in my blood, blood poured out for you.
Acts 2:42-47 (MSG)
They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers. Everyone around was in awe—all those wonders and signs done through the apostles! And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common. They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person’s need was met. They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (MSG)
Let me go over with you again exactly what goes on in the Lord’s Supper and why it is so centrally important. I received my instructions from the Master himself and passed them on to you. The Master, Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took bread. Having given thanks, he broke it and said, This is my body, broken for you. Do this to remember me. After supper, he did the same thing with the cup: This cup is my blood, my new covenant with you. Each time you drink this cup, remember me. What you must solemnly realize is that every time you eat this bread and every time you drink this cup, you reenact in your words and actions the death of the Master. You will be drawn back to this meal again and again until the Master returns. You must never let familiarity breed contempt.