The LORD’s Supper, is a meal we eat and drink together with one another.
We celebrate The LORD’s Supper as God’s holy ones, saints, gathered together in Messiah to eat and drink in remembrance of His death till He comes.
“For I have received of The LORD that which also I delivered unto you, ahat The LORD Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew/proclaim The LORD’s death till he come.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 KJV.
We not only eat and drink The LORD’s Supper in remembrance of Jesus, our participation proclaims The LORD’s death till he comes.
Our proclamation is inspired by the helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father sent in Jesus’ Name to bring to our remembrance all that he said to the apostles and us (John 14:26). The proclamation is a spiritual prophetic sign of the new covenant, prophecy in our act of eating.
“NTRF: The LORD’s Supper, the bread and wine look back to Jesus’ death on the cross to pay for sin. The meal adds a forward look. When celebrated as a meal in a joyful wedding atmosphere, The LORD’s Supper typifies the wedding supper of the Lamb. It is a regular reminder of Jesus’ promise to return and eat it with us.
Another major benefit of celebrating The LORD’s Supper as an actual meal is the fellowship and encouragement that is experienced by each member of Christ’s body. This relaxed, unhurried fellowship meal with God’s family is a significant means of edifying the Church, building community, cementing ties of love, and creating supernatural unity.”
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The Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread began on what liturgical Christians know as Maundy Thursday.
Shortly before delivering His people from 400 years of Egyptian slavery, God gave Moses and Aaron exact instructions to follow for the Passover.
God told them how a Passover lamb was to be selected and prepared and on what day it was to be eaten with unleavened bread (Exodus 12:1-14). The lamb’s blood was collected during its slaughter and placed on the two doorposts and on the lintels of the houses.
The feast of unleavened bread was to be observe for seven days annexed to the day of Passover. (Exodus 12:15-20)
In that setting, Jesus ate the Passover with the 12.
“The day of unleavened bread came, on which the Passover must be sacrificed. Yeshua sent Peter and Yochanan, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.”” Luke 22:7-8.
“When the hour had come, he sat down with the twelve emissaries. He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, for I tell you, I will no longer by any means eat of it until it is fulfilled in God’s Kingdom.” He received a cup, and when he had given thanks, he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves, for I tell you, I will not drink at all again from the fruit of the vine, until God’s Kingdom comes.”
He took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.” Likewise, he took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. The Son of Man indeed goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man through whom he is betrayed!” Luke 22:14-22.
In Matthew shows Jesus also says: “Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many unto remission of sins” (Matthew 26:27-28).
Behold the Lamb of God
“If you call on him (God) as Father, who without respect of persons judges according to each man’s work, pass the time of your living as foreigners here in reverent fear, knowing that you were redeemed, not with corruptible things like silver or gold, from the useless way of life handed down from your fathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb without blemish or spot, the blood of Messiah, who was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but was revealed in this last age for your sake, who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope might be in God.” 1 Peter 1:17-21.
The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture:
- “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
- and as a lamb before the shearer is silent,
- so He did not open His mouth.
- In His humiliation He was deprived of justice.
- Who can recount His descendants?
- His life was removed from the earth.” (Acts 8:32-33)
We all partake of the one bread, literally and spiritually. Paul exhorted the Corinthians and us to purge out the old leaven in reverence to Messiah
“Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole lump? Purge out the old yeast, that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened. For indeed Messiah, our Passover, has been sacrificed in our place. Therefore let’s keep the feast, not with old yeast, neither with the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” 1 Corinthians 5:6-8.
“The loaf of bread which we break, does it not mean a joint-participation in the body of Christ? Since there is one loaf, we who are many are one body; we, all of us, share in that one loaf.” 1 Corinthians 10:16-17.
“Jesus said to the Jews: “Most certainly, I tell you, he who believes in me has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and they died. This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, that anyone may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down out of heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. Yes, the bread which I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”” John 6:47-51.
During a Passover Supper, four cups of wine were shared. The first cup Jesus took was the cup which was ordinarily taken at the beginning. The second was the cup of blessing.
“He (Jesus) took the cup, thanks, and gave to them, saying, “All of you drink it, for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the remission of sins. But I tell you that I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on, until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”” Matthew 26:27-29.
“The cup of blessing, which we bless, does it not mean a joint-participation in the blood of Christ?” 1 Corinthians 10:16.
Understanding the spiritual nature of The LORD’s Supper as Prophesy in act, builds us up in our spirit and strengthens our relationship with The LORD and one another.
Thus, we remember our Lord’s death till He comes.
Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quoted above is from the World Messianic Bible
~ Bill Bremer