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Preparation for the Lord’s Table (written August 2005) May 31, 2007

Posted by roberttalley in Communion, Lord's Table, Matthew.
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I would like to read this morning before we partake of the Lord’s Table from Matthew’s Gospel the 26th chapter (verses 17-20; 26-30).  When Jesus instituted the Lord’s Table, He announced the mediation of a new covenant (Hebrews 8:6; 9:15; and 12:24).  

  1. In other words, the death of His body and the shedding of His blood provided for the remission of sins. Remission means forgiveness. This means that we are celebrating forgiveness through faith in Christ’s death and shed blood, when we partake of the bread and juice this morning.
  2. We have more, however, to look forward to than forgiveness. Jesus said that the next time He partook would be in His Father’s kingdom. Those of us who have been forgiven are and will be part of that kingdom.  In other words, we are remembering and giving thanks for both what Jesus has done, what he continues to do, and what he is going to do for us. We remember this through the symbolic eating and drinking of the bread and juice. We gain no favor with God by participating. In fact, we only gain favor with God by faith in Jesus Christ. If you have yet to trust Christ as your Savior, you have no reason to participate in the Lord’s Table, but we do want you to understand that God in His grace sent Jesus to die for your sins and that this forgiveness is available to you also, if you would depend on Him as the only answer to your sin problem. If you have any questions concerning how to be saved, please ask after the worship service this morning and would be glad to show you from the Bible how to trust Him as your personal Savior. 

At this time, we want to take a few moments as already forgiven believers to bow our heads and examine our lives. We want to make sure that everything is right between God and us. Just as forgiveness is like a bath, this time of confession is like washing our hands spiritually. So let us take a few moments to contemplate our lives before God. After those few moments, I will pray and then we will begin with the Lord’s Table.   “Our dear, gracious Father. We thank you for your forgiveness. You are a merciful God, faithful towards those who put their faith in your Son, Jesus Christ. Father, we know that the same blood that washed us from our sin is applicable to our daily lives. We understand our weakness. But Father, we know “if we confess our sins, you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” In His name we pray. Amen!

Matthew 26:6b “Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 

Matthew 26:7 “Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remissions of sins.” 

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