字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント This is a production of World Video Bible School. To God be the glory. As a new Christian, one of the most immediate issues facing you is worship. Within a week of the time that you're baptized, the services of the Lord's church are going to assemble and you will have the opportunity to worship God. But, you know it might be that you're not exactly sure what to do. You're not exactly sure how God desires for you to worship Him. You need to understand that worship is a great privilege given to God's children and it is certainly something that you want to engage in properly. Now the Bible lists five acts of worship: preaching, prayer, singing, giving, and the Lord's Supper. In this lesson, we want to talk about the Lord's Supper. And, there're three points that we want to cover. Number one, What is the Lord's Supper; number two, the time and frequency of the Lord's Supper; and, number three, we want to discuss some abuses and misunderstandings about the Lord's Supper. Now, first point, number one, what is the Lord's Supper? First, I want us to consider the fact that it is a memorial. In 1st Corinthians 11:23, the Bible says that: ...The Lord Jesus, on the same night in which He was betrayed, took bread and when he had given thanks, He broke it and said "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of Me." Now, the same thing was said about the fruit of the vine in verse 25. In the same manner He also took the cup after supper saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." When Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper, He took the unleavened bread and He said that we are to eat it in remembrance of His body. He then took the fruit of the vine and said that we are to drink it in remembrance of His blood. Friends, it's really as simple as that. The Lord's Supper is a memorial. It's a time to reflect and a time to remember. There's nothing mysterious about it. There's nothing magical about it. I heard someone say on one occasion that partaking of the Lord's Supper forgave their sins. Partaking of the Lord's Supper does not forgive our sins. It is simply two emblems to help us remember. Like a person who might set out pictures of a loved one at a memorial or at a funeral. They do that so we can remember our loved one. A few years ago I was in Washington, D.C., and I went to see the Vietnam Memorial; and there's a statue there of three soldiers. And next to it, there's a wall with the names of thousands of soldiers who died in that war. Now, here's a question. Why were those emblems set up? And the answer is, to help us remember... so that we don't forget. And the same thing is true about the Lord's Supper. Jesus Christ gave us emblems that represent His body and His blood and they cause us to remember. Now, the next logical question is what are we supposed to remember? Where should my thoughts be as I partake of the Lord's Supper? Well, the Bible says that I'm supposed to remember His death. I'm supposed to remember his body and I'm supposed to remember His blood. 1st Corinthians 11:26 says: "For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes." Sometimes people will say that we're celebrating the Lord's death, burial, and resurrection. Certainly they're all tied together and certainly they're hard to separate, but, Jesus said that we do this in remembrance of his death. We are remembering the sacrifice. We are remembering the price that was paid. You know, there's an old spiritual song that asks, "Were you there when they crucified my Lord?" Of course, I wasn't there. But the Bible here calls upon me to use my imagination and to let the scriptures bring to my mind the things that happened there. And so, when I partake of the Lord's Supper, I visualize the abuse He suffered. When I partake of the bread I see the body. I visualize the scourging that He endured. John 19, in verse 1, says, "So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him." History says that when they would scourge an individual, they would use a short-handled whip. It had several thongs of various links. And in these thongs there were tied small iron balls or sharp pieces of sheep's bones or perhaps iron chains with small weights at the end. And this scourgers. There were often times be two of them and they would take turns or there might be one who alternated positions. And they would beat the back of the individual until the blood began to trickle and the bruises began to form. And it began to cut into the flesh and into the muscle. It has been said that it hurt so badly that some men had been known to have bitten their tongues in two during the beating. And, when I remember the body of Christ, I think about that. I think about them putting the cross on his bloody, flesh-torn back. And, I envision the nails being driven into His hands. In actuality, it was probably the base of the hands, at the wrists. That would have been stronger. It could support the weight. There's a bundle of nerves there that makes it excruciating and the Romans were all about that. And, then I envision the cross being stood up and dropped into the ground. Can you see the body? Can you appreciate the sacrifice? And then I partake of the fruit of the vine, and I imagine the blood. In my mind's eye, I see the crown of thorns being placed upon His head and the blood trickling down His face. I see His back, bloodied from the beating. I see the Roman soldier piercing His side with the spear. And, I always think about John 19:34: "But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out." I always visualize that in my mind. Someone told me that the Lord's Supper always means more to them immediately after they've heard a sermon on the crucifixion. And that makes sense because that's what we're remembering. And when you hear a sermon on what He endured, the emblems bring that to your mind and the sacrifice that He made is more vivid. Jesus said... "This do in remembrance of me." Now, why is that blood so precious? Because Matthew 26:28 says because it was shed for the remission of sins. Ephesians 1:7 says without that blood there is no remission. A friend of mine said that during the Lord's Supper, he likes to remember by thinking of it this way: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. What does he mean by that? Let me go through it for you. One, he thinks about the one Lord; two thieves between whom He was crucified; three crosses that stood on Calvary's Hill; the four parts of His garment, divided amongst the soldiers; the five wounds that He suffered: His head, bloody from the crown of thorns; His back, raw from the scourging; His hands with the nail scars; His feet pierced with the spike; His side bleeding from the soldier's spear. Then six, he thinks about the six hours of darkness upon the earth at the point of His death. And then seven, he recalls the seven sayings that the Lord uttered upon the cross before He died. You know, when we partake of the Lord's Supper it is a memorial. Now, secondly, in answer to the question, "What is the Lord's Supper?" Not only is it a memorial but it is also a proclamation. When we partake of these emblems, we proclaim to the world the death of our Lord. In 1st Corinthians 11:26, the text says: "For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes." Why is it important that we proclaim His death? Friends, because of what it means to us. Because it means that we have redemption of our sins and the hope of eternal life in heaven. Now, thirdly, in addition to being a memorial and in addition to being a proclamation, the Lord's Supper is also a communion. In Matthew 26:29, when Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper, He told His disciples, "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." Now, what did the Lord mean when He said that? I think clearly it's a reference to the Lord's Supper. It's what we do each Lord's day. And when we engage in that supper, Christ said that we are communing with Him. 1st Corinthians 10:16, calls it a communion of the body and the blood of the Lord. It says this: "The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?" Now, the word "communion" is from a Greek word that means a joint sharing, a joint participation. And, sometimes it's translated as "fellowship." And as I partake of the Lord's Supper, I fellowship with Christ in a very direct way. Jesus said that He would partake of it with us in the kingdom. And, He does that every first day of the week. Alright, point number two in our lesson. Let's discuss the time and the frequency of the Lord's Supper. You know, to many people in the religious world, the Lord's Supper is something that's done very infrequently, perhaps only at Christmas and Easter. And, it's done on no particular set day of the week. A denomination near my house had a sign in front of their building that said that they were going to have a candlelight communion service on Thursday night. Another church said that they were doing it on Friday night. But you see, the problem with that is that's not what the Bible teaches. The Bible says that the early Christians met on the first day of the week to break bread or to partake of the Lord's Supper. Acts 20 and verse 7 says: "Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, (that is to partake of the Lord's Supper) Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them..." I want you to notice that they partook of the Lord's Supper on the first day of the week. And, it's very interesting here, the Greek phrase for "came together" is in the passive voice indicating that their gathering, or their assembly, was not of their own initiative, but rather it was of divine appointment. In other words, this was God's idea that they come together on the first day of the week not theirs. Brethren, the indication of the Bible is that we are to partake of the Lord's Supper on Sunday. It's the day that the Lord arose from the dead. It's the day that the church began. It's the day that the early Christians partook of it. We celebrate the resurrection of Christ every Sunday in that we come together to worship and we remember his death when we partake of the Lord's Supper. Now that we've established the day of the week that we are to partake of the Lord's Supper, the next question is, "How often should we partake of it?" Now, again, the religious world partakes once or maybe twice a year.