Read the story of the Lord’s supper.
Christ is celebrating passover with his disciples.
Read the story of the first passover
Give a brief overview of the captivity of the Israelites in Egypt, the
plagues, and the sparing of Israelite children.
One of the first institutions of the Israelites, predates the law.
The lamb provides salvation from death and destruction. As it did in the
past, so it will. Christ’s followers get to share in the feast, but
Christ does not: he is the lamb; the one who suffers for the salvation
John 1:24-29 (John calls Jesus the lamb of God)
Jesus uses a fundamental tradition to teach, similar to how he uses
Jesus asked us to share in the supper in remembrance of him. We remember
his sacrifice when we perform it; but we also remember that we will be
with him one day.
Luke 14 says “I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of
God.” and “I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom
of God comes.”
Matthew 14:29 is more specific: “I will never again drink of this fruit
of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s
John 14:1-3 (go to prepare a place); Revelation 19:6-9 (marriage supper
of the lamb)
Marriage is often used as an example of the relationship that Christ has
with the Church. (Jesus describes it this way in parables in Matthew 22
and 25) We are betrothed, promised, or engaged to be the bride of
Christ; he has gone to make a home for us, and will come to call for us
Acts 2:43-47 (maybe communion for the early church?)
1 Corinthians 11:23-34 If nothing else, we should take away from this
passage that we should prepare ourselves for the Lord’s supper, remember
it as a sacred act, and remember that it is about believers coming
together in unity with Christ. Always be mindful of each other and each
Communion for our group
I want to have the elements (bread and something made from grapes)
available in our home whenever we host a gathering of believers. This
way, we won’t be contrained if we feel led to share communion together.
I think (not necessarily correctly) that we should set aside a time each
week, separate from the lesson, and definitely separate from the meal,
for anyone to share communion who would wish to that day. This makes it
available to any and all, while also making it easier for each to judge
for himself whether he should partake. (See 1 Corinthians 11)
Servanthood as it deals with the passover
Amir asked us to pray for guidance on how to serve. Amazingly, this is
also part of the passover meal that Christ shares with his disciples.
Talk a little about synoptic gospels (Mark, Matthew, and Luke) vs John’s
John doesn’t mention the Lord’s supper, but he places a big focus on
Service is the very definition of a Christian life.