This Easter, and all Easter seasons, ask us questions about faith and life. Easter challenges our beliefs and asks who we have been trusting in. So what do we say? Who are we looking for?
We are going to do a 3-part series to discuss the radical nature of Communion, Cross and Resurrection…the main attributes of Easter.
I. COMMUNION IN CHRIST
7 Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread arrived, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed. 8 Jesus sent Peter and John ahead and said, “Go and prepare the Passover meal, so we can eat it together.” 9 “Where do you want us to prepare it?” they asked him.” Luke 22:7-9
- The day had come…Jesus is gathering his Disciples.
- Time has come for His Sacrifice…he sent His closest apostles to get the Upper Room prepared, Peter and John (Authors of 8 NT books between them).
10 “He replied, “As soon as you enter Jerusalem, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him. At the house he enters, 11 say to the owner, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ 12 He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal.” Luke 22:10-12
- Peter and John went and prepared the place for the Last Supper. Everything was just as “Jesus had said, and they prepared the Passover meal there.” (v13)
- There are many parts of the city of Jerusalem that have been preserved for 1000’s of years. One is a house where many believe the Lord’s Supper was held in the Upper Room. It is amazing to see.
- You can walk around the building and think about who was in that room. You realize Jesus, Peter, John, Matthew, Judas and the rest all upstairs in this room. Probably the greatest gathering, of the most famous people, ever to meet together. Most powerful meeting of all time!!
“14 When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table. 15 Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. 16 For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.”
17 Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, “Take this and share it, among yourselves. 18 For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.” Luke 22:14-18
- “When the time came”… Passover is the story of…
19 “He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
- Jesus knew His time had come, he is prepared to give His body, His holiness, His forgiveness…to His followers.
- He is also establishing Practice. “Do this”, don’t just read, talk or think about it…do it!
- And we do this to Remember. To remember Jesus and all He did for us.
20 “After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.“ Luke 22:19-20
- New Covenant, it’s a new deal with the Divine. No longer of works and Us. Now of grace and God
- Jesus tells us of His Passion for Communion. Paul Speaks of His Concern…
II. CONCERN FROM PAUL
17 “In the following instructions, I cannot praise you. For it sounds as if more harm than good is done when you meet together.” 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
- Paul has just been teaching the Corinthians that
“First, I hear that there are divisions among you when you meet as a church, and to some extent I believe it. But, of course, there must be divisions among you so that you who have God’s approval will be recognized!“
“When you meet together, you are not really interested in the Lord’s Supper. For some of you hurry to eat your own meal without sharing with others. As a result, some go hungry while others get drunk. What?”
“Don’t you have your own homes for eating and drinking? Or do you really want to disgrace God’s church and shame the poor? What am I supposed to say? Do you want me to praise you? Well, I certainly will not praise you for this!”
4. Do this…
“For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
5. Do this…
“In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
- Communion in an Worthy Manner
“Anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.”
- Examine Yourself…“That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup.”
- Honor Christ…“For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.”
- Care for Others…”So, my dear brothers and sisters, when you gather for the Lord’s Supper, wait for each other.”
II. CONNECTION WITH CHRIST
let me tell you a story…
38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught.
40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” 41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
1. Spending Time with Jesus is why you were Created 39 Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what He taught.
3 People do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Deuteronomy 8:3
When can you spend time with Him this week?
2. Distractions Deplete My Relationship with Jesus.
40 …my sister just sits here while I do all the work
It is not like Martha is doing something bad or sinning, she is actually serving Jesus and his disciples. Jesus is saying that even good things get in the way of hanging with Jesus.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus… Hebrews 12:2
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. Matthew 6:31-32
What distracts you from being with Jesus?
3. Being Worried Creates a Distrust in Christ
41 …you are worried and upset over all these details
Worry weighs a person down… Proverbs 12:25
So refuse to worry, and keep your body healthy. Ecclesiastes 11:10
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6
What worries you and causes you to be upset?
Worry among children is on a huge uprising. Number 1 stress at home: 52% of 13 year old worry about it everyday, number 2, appearance/looks. (Kidshealth Kidspoll worry/stress survey)
4. Find what Matters
42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about.
Mary had found what matters and Jesus was not going to take it away.
She knew who Christ was and learned at His feet. So whose feet to we sit at? Who do we dwell with and listen? The answer will change your life and give you a greater understanding of Communion.
I ask you, in this life…
“Who are you looking for?”