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Christmas and Communion (From December 2005) November 26, 2007

Posted by roberttalley in Christmas, Lord's Table, Philippians, Religion.
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The Lord’s Table

I would like before we partake of the Lord’s Table to read this morning from the book of Philippians a passage that ties Christmas and the Crucifixion together and applies them to our daily lives – Philippians 2:5-11. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

When Jesus introduced the Lord’s Supper, He made reference to the purpose for which He was born, to save people from their sin. There is a sense, in which we could say that the New Testament did not begin with Christmas but with the Crucifixion. This New Testament or Covenant that God offers to man is made available to man by faith through His blood and bodily sacrifice for our sins.  If you have put your faith in Christ, then you may partake of the Lord’s Supper with joy knowing that your eternal destiny is sealed in Jesus Christ and that your place with God in heaven is guaranteed.

 If you have yet to trust Christ as your Savior you should understand that God in His grace sent Jesus to die for your sins and that this forgiveness is available.

 For a believer, it doesn’t stop with faith. That is why we should let the mind of Christ be in us. Without the mind of Christ, we cannot drink of this cup worthily, even though we have accepted Christ as our Savior through faith. Believer, do you have the mind of Christ? To have the mind of Christ means to esteem others better than yourself. That will not save you but it is an important evidence that you are saved.  

“Our dear, gracious Father. We thank you that your Son lowered Himself for our sake and that through His blood forgiveness and salvation is provided, we need only to believe it. We come to you, asking you to cleanse us of all sin.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

 

Luke 22:17-19  Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; “for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

 

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