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Beginning the New Year with the Lord’s Table January 2, 2008

Posted by roberttalley in Communion, Lord's Table, New Year's, Religion.
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The Lord’s Table (January 7, 2007)

Yesterday is the day that some church traditions celebrate the coming of the wise men to see Jesus. I would like to read this morning before we partake of the Lord’s Table two passages from the gospel of Matthew, one of which is taken from that story. 

Matthew 2:1 ¶  Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,

2  saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

3  When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4  And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.

5  So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:

6  ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’”{#Mic 5:2} 

Later when Jesus introduced the Lord’s Supper, He referred both to His role as King and His role as Shepherd.

Matthew 26:29  “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

30  And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

31 Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ {#Zec 13:7}

When Jesus was crucified, there was nailed over his head on the cross a sign saying, “Jesus, of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” The relationship that God offers to man by faith was provided by the death of the sinless King of Kings. This same Jesus went to the cross as the Good Shepherd, who gives His life for His sheep. When you take the bread and juice, you are acknowledging that Jesus is both your King and your Shepherd.

If you have yet to trust Christ as your Savior, we do want you to understand that God in His grace sent King Jesus to die for your sins and that this forgiveness is available to you also. He wants to be the Shepherd of your soul. It is only possible by entrusting yourself to Him. If you would like to commit yourself to Jesus Christ now, it is possible through faith in Him and His death on the cross for you.

For a believer, submission to the rule of the King and the care of the Shepherd follows faith in Christ. As you partake this morning, don’t only thank God for what He has done for you but submit yourself to His will and way in your life. One way to do this is to take a few silent moments to look at your life closely and make sure that there is nothing between you and your fellow believer that needs to be made right. It doesn’t matter whether you are at fault or if your fellow believer is at fault, you need to make it right.

 “Father, we thank you that you sent the King of Kings to provide forgiveness and salvation through His death, burial, and resurrection. We thank you that He is our Shepherd, the one who will care for us through all eternity. Purify our hearts and lives. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!” 

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