The Grace Of Baptism
|Minister:||Rev. Ronald Van Overloop|
|Psalters:||391, 233, 259, 360|
Lord’s Supper 28, 29; Luke 22
FAITH IS CONFIRMED IN THE LORD’S SUPPER
I. The Lord’s Institution
A. Jesus instituted it as a sacrament when celebrating the Passover feast the night before He was crucified (19,20).
B. It is the Lord’s’ words which set these two elements apart as sacramental signs.
1. First, Jesus command His disciples to partake: “this do” (19).
2. Second, He commanded them to do so in remembrance of Him.
II. There are five parts of our Lord’s Supper.
A. First, Jesus is the Host. He gives the elders as His appointed representatives.
B. Second, the table conveys the idea of a meal (cf. Rev. 3:20).
C.Third, there is the simple and plain bread and wine.
D.Fourth, something is done to the bread and wine: broken and poured out indicating the sacrifice of Christ’s life.
E. Fifth, we are to partake of the elements; they are to be taken, eaten and drunk.
III. The proper partaking requires the exercise of our spiritual life, i.e., faith.
A. By faith a spiritual assimilation of Jesus takes place through the means of the physical signs.
1. Faith sees Jesus as God’s Son, whose sufferings provide full coverage for all our sins and sinfulness.
2. Our faith has to take hold of Jesus’ spiritual presence in the Supper (not physical) - seen only by faith.
B. Faith cannot sustain itself; it needs constant spiritual nourishment. And our faith often becomes weary.
1. After establishing the covenant relationship, God continues to maintain or uphold it.
2. The Supper provides faith with visible proof that are forgiven and that we are receiving God’s hearty love.
C.The Supper comforts and assures us intellectually and emotionally.
D.Thus, we are stimulated to grow to a greater hunger and thirst after Christ.