Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The secret of the mystery. Part 190. A very special occasion, the Lord's Supper.
Sunday, February 4, 2007
When it comes to the spiritual life, ritual without reality is meaningless.
The Lord’s Supper is a commandment given by the Lord Jesus Christ to every Church-age believer to bring into remembrance His Unique Person and Finished Work on the Cross - both of which serve as the basis for fellowship with God and each other as members of the Body of Christ, LUK 22:19-20; MAT 26:26-29; MAR 14:22-24;
1CO 10:16-17; 11:23-26.
The bread speaks of the impeccable humanity of Christ, which was given as a sacrifice for the sins of the entire human race.
Impeccability is that doctrine of Christology which recognizes the fact that during the entire course of the dispensation of the hypostatic union and forever, our Lord Jesus Christ did not sin though He was tempted in His humanity and His temptations were real.
MAR 8:15 And He was giving orders to them, saying, “Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees [religion and legalism] and the leaven of Herod [love for money].”
The Lord’s Supper took place during the Jewish festival of Unleavened Bread.
The Passover lamb, which spoke of Christ, was also killed during the feast of Unleavened Bread.
Our Lord was born in Bethlehem, which means “house of bread.”
There were 3 white linen pouches, one for God the Father, one for God the Son, and one for God the Holy Spirit.
The bread was taken from the middle piece, which was God the Son’s pouch, because it was God the Son who became a Man to die for the sins of the world.
The wine speaks of our Lord’s spiritual death on the cross. His spiritual death was invisible.
MAT 27:45-46 Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”
2CO 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
The Wine speaks of our Lord’s saving work on the Cross.
1) Purchased the entire human race out of the slave market of sin in which we are all born spiritually dead.
2) Satisfied the justice of God the Father which said that sin must be judged.
3) Made peace between God and man.
4) Defeated Satan in the Angelic Conflict.
5) Fulfilled the righteous requirements of the Mosaic Law.
6) It proved that God does love His creatures.
To add anything to faith in Christ dishonors our Lord and His saving work on the Cross.
We have faith plus commitment being taught.
We have faith plus water baptism.
We have faith plus making Christ Lord of all or He’s not Lord at all.
Instead of faith, some propose substitutes like inviting Christ into your heart.
Instead of faith, some propose substitutes like inviting Christ into your life.
Others add to salvation repentance from sins.
You cannot be saved by water baptism, by renouncing sin, by joining a church, by psychological gimmicks like raising your hand and walking an aisle.
When you add anything to faith in Christ for salvation that is salvation by works which is not salvation at all.
Passover was to represent Israel’s deliverance by the Lord from the slavery of Egypt, but more importantly it represented our Lord’s death on the cross and was to be a memorial of man’s redemption accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross.
The Passover taught the Jews by the sacrifice of an innocent lamb without spot or blemish, which portrays Christ and what He would in the future do for them.
He would purchase the entire human race out of the slave market of sin - Redemption.
He would make the payment for sins and satisfy the justice of God - Propitiation.
He would reconcile God with man, therefore, making peace between the two - Reconciliation.
The coming judgment was the fact that the first-born in every household of Egypt was about to be slain if there was not blood from the sacrificed lamb on the doorposts.
Putting blood on the doorposts was to have faith in Christ and His future work on the cross.
HEB 9:14 the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God,
1PE 1:18 you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
The Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled this completely when He died on the fourteenth of the Jewish month Nisan, 30 A.D.
The bitter herbs represented the bitterness of slavery in Egypt.
COL 1:13 For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,
The unleavened bread represents the impeccability of the humanity of Christ who gave Himself for us.
It was not to be eaten raw or boiled because it spoke of the judgment of sin in human lives, and this requires sacrifice and the fire of judgment.
1CO 5:7b For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.
The assembling of the people on the first and seventh day of the month was significant in that it spoke of our Lord’s resurrection from the dead on the first day of the week.
We are to celebrate the Lord’s Supper continually, with accuracy, sincerity and truth, which requires the Filling of the Spirit.
A woman lights the candles because it was a woman who brought us Christ, the light of the world.
Eating the bread and drinking the cup looks back at the Person of Christ; it looks at the present and our union with Him, and it looks to the future to the Rapture.
The Lord’s Supper is totally unique to the Church-age and should be a time of reverence for the Person of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who loved us and gave Himself up for us, GAL 2:20.
He accomplished the Plan of God for His life by denying Himself the independent use of His divine attributes,
The worst suffering came in the last 3 hours on the Cross when He received the imputation and judgment for our sins as our Substitute, MAT 27:46;
The communion service is a reminder that we have fellowship with God and also with each other as members of the body of Christ when we bring into remembrance the Person and Work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,1CO 10:16-17.
1) Relationship with Christ.
2) Partnership: We are to work together for a common purpose to obtain common objectives for the glory of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
3) Companionship: We are to communicate with one another and have fellowship with one another sharing with one another the things (viewpoint and thinking) of Christ.
4) Stewardship: We must recognize that all we have belongs to the Lord and has been given to us as trusts from God to invest for His purposes.