Things we should consider when we break bread:
- The presence of God is beyond all measure
- The love of Christ melts our hearts
- Visualize the Man of Calvary
- Consider His wounds
1. Consider the inauguration (Matthew 26, Mark 14, and Luke 22). Trace the origin from Scripture.
2. It was an early Christian practice (Acts 2).
3. When should we/did they break bread? (Acts 20).
4. Where should we/did they break bread? (1 Corinthians 11:18) - In the church.
5. The purpose of meeting, as seen in 1 Corinthians 11, is to remember Him, to show His death, and to pronounce His coming.
6. The procedure at the meeting (Acts 20) - Ministry, praise, thanksgiving, worship, and partaking of the elements.
Here of our Lord we see Thee face to face;
Here would we teach and handle things unseen;
Have group with former hand the eternal grace,
And all our weariness upon thee lean.
A RemembranceÖit is an Act of Worship.
The Lordís Supper is an anticipation of His coming. ďFor as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lordís death till He come.Ē The feast is a signpost pointing towards heaven, forward to His coming again. The feast, which began when He went to the cross, will continue till He comes to receive His own to Himself. When we look backward from the Lordís Table, we are reminded that we have been redeemed with precious blood. When we look forward from the Lordís Table, we are reminded that He has promised to come quickly.
The Lordís Supper
1 Corinthians 11:23-34. Like baptism, the other ordinance given to the Christian church, the Lordís Supper was instituted in the Gospels, practiced in the Acts, and explained in the Epistles.
The Lordís Supper is an Expression of Fellowship
ďThe cup which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?Ē
The word communion is the same as fellowship. The Lordís Supper is an expression of fellowship. This fellowship is established through the shedding of the blood of Christ, through the giving of our Lordís body as an atoning sacrifice. This fellowship embraces all who compose the one bread, one body - the partakers of Christ. ďFor we, being many, are one bread, one body; for we are partakers of that one body.Ē The fellowship of the body of Christ is expressed by partaking of the Lordís Supper.
The Lordís Supper is a Feast of Remembrance
ďFor as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show forth the Lordís death till He comes.Ē
How thrilling it is to sit down with gathered saints, and be assured of the Lordís presence in our midst and review the cross of Christ. See Matthew 18:20.
What memories flood our soul? MemoriesÖ
- Of the suffering
- Of the infamy heaped upon Him
- Of His patient endurance of it all
- Of the love that constrains Him thus to die
- Of the atoning and redemptive value of the sacrifice He made
Surely this is a feast of remembrance, a feast of soul stirring, blessed memories. Our hearts are thrilled. Our soul is filled with amazement, with gratitude, and with worship, as we partake.
The Lordís Supper is a Declaration of His Death
Consider the same verse: ďFor as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do share forth the Lordís death till He comes.Ē
The eating of the bread and the drinking of the cup constitute an act of testimony to the world that we are saved through the death of Christ.