The Lord’s Supper – until Jesus returns

The best description of the Lord’s Supper is in 1 Corinthians 11. It gives two reasons for celebrating the Lord’s Supper. The first reason was to remember what Jesus has done for us – it was to be done “in remembrance of me”, as Jesus said. The second reason is to “proclaim the Lord’s death”.Continue reading “The Lord’s Supper – until Jesus returns”

The command to keep the Lord’s Supper

The best explanation of the Lord’s Supper is given in 1 Corinthians 11:17-34. It begins, “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do thisContinue reading “The command to keep the Lord’s Supper”

The Lord’s Supper is a memorial

We celebrate the Lord’s Supper as a memorial or a remembrance of what Christ did on the cross, but it can be different in some other churches. According to the Roman Catholic Church, at the Lord’s Supper the bread and the wine mystically change into the actual body and blood of Christ. However, the outward characteristics ofContinue reading “The Lord’s Supper is a memorial”

Synonyms of the Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper is described in the Bible in the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) and the books of Acts and 1 Corinthians. These were all written between about AD 45 and AD 63. Where do the synonyms we use for the Lord’s Supper come from? At the last Passover before Jesus died (aboutContinue reading “Synonyms of the Lord’s Supper”

Forgiveness through sacrifice

Three times a year Israelite families travelled to the temple in Jerusalem for a religious festival (Ex. 23:14-17; 34:23-24; Dt. 16:16).  The first of these was the Passover, when they remembered how God delivered them from slavery in Egypt. They were to kill and eat a lamb together with unleaven bread (without yeast) and bitterContinue reading “Forgiveness through sacrifice”

Being thankful

Psalm 107 teaches of the need to thank God when we are delivered (saved) from trouble. It praises God for His kindness to his exiled people, beginning with, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever” (v.1). God is said to be good because His love is eternal. Then thoseContinue reading “Being thankful”

Until Jesus comes again

We believe that the most important event in the world’s history is the death of Jesus Christ. At the Lord’s supper we remember why Christ did what He did. In 1 Corinthians Paul describes what happened at the last supper where Jesus told His disciples to eat the bead and drink from the cup inContinue reading “Until Jesus comes again”

Bread and wine

In our time of corporate worship we celebrate the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:20). This was instituted by Jesus at the Passover just before His crucifixion. The Jewish Passover was a symbolic reminder of an historical event. It was an annual celebration to remember God’s act of passing over the firstborn of Israel and theirContinue reading “Bread and wine”

Rebooting ourselves

Recently when I had a problem with my phone, I was advised to do a reboot (restart). I’d forgotten that many computer problems are fixed by a restart. Turning your computer off and on again fixes a lot of problems because you’re removing the junk that’s accumulated and starting over again fresh. When too manyContinue reading “Rebooting ourselves”