Luke 22:8-20

In our church, we do not add the Lordís Supper to the end of a preaching service.
The Lordís Supper is the service.  In recent weeks, I have preached on the
importance of worshipping.  I sometimes wonder if the steadfast routine of our
services may be somewhat detrimental to worship.  We sing a little, pray a little,
and preach awhile, but most watch as others perform the activities.

The Lordís Supper is definitely a service where that is not done.  Tonight, I
will give you just a few words, hopefully to move your mind to remember your Lord
and your spirit to worship Him.

The events of this evening are occurring just hours before the arrest, trials,
and crucifixion of Jesus.

    I. \\#Luke 22:15\\ This was a meal of desire.
        A. Jesus desired one last fellowship with His disciples.
            1. Jesus desired to speak with His disciples one last time.
            2. Much teaching went on in that Upper Room and afterward.
            3. Johnís gospel devotes five full chapters to Jesusí teaching
                and conversation with His disciples that night.
            4. Just to read the conversation John records would take a few
                minutes.  To have spoken so with His disciples could easily
                fill up several hours of conversation, not counting the meal.
        B. But Jesus did not just want to teach His disciples.  He desired to
            love on them for awhile.
            1. We often consider how much we miss Jesusí physical presence with
            2. I wonder how much Jesus misses our physical presence with Him.
            3. Jesus could look around the table and see each disciples painful
                death for Him.
            4. He could see every beating they would take.
            5. He could see every hurtful word they would hear.
            6. We learned how to love from Him.  Donít you know that Jesus,
                knowing all things that would happen, reached out and loved on
                them that night?

   II. \\#Luke 22:16\\ It was a meal of significance.  Many things would be
        changing within the next few days.
        A. The relationship with Israel certainly changed.
            1. With the crucifixion of Jesus, God would completely cut Israel
                offófor a timeóas His people.
            2. Now the face of God is turned to judging Israel, as He spoke of
                in repeated prophecies in the Old Testament.
            3. I am not for certain but this may well be the last Passover Meal
                that God would attend until after the rapture of the church.
        B. At the same time, a new relationship began with a previously unnamed
            affiliation of people.

Isaiah 55:5  Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations
that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the
Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

Isaiah 65:1  I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that
sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by
my name.

            1. Jesusí crucifixion was the birth pain of the church.
                a. Whereas the eyes of God has been fixed primarily on a specific
                    people on a specific pl              ot of land, now Godís attention would
                    be on a diverse people, made up every nationality and tongue,
                    scattered across the entire globe.
                b. God would welcome Jewish blood into that group the same as
                    Gentile blood, but Jewish worship as it had been would cease.
            2. In this new nation, every convert would be both the sacrifice and
                his own priest!

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye
present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is
your reasonable service.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may
obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

            3. It was the last Passover God would attend, but it was the first
                Lordís Supper.

  III. \\#Luke 22:19\\ It was a meal of remembrance.
         A. Tonight, the one commandment Jesus has left us concerning this service
             is to remember Him while we partake of it.
         C. Would you bow in a prayerful spirit and remember for a moment?
             1. We should remember His deity.
             2. We should remember His incarnation.
             3. We should remember His example and teachings.
             4. We should remember His sacrifices.
             5. We should remember His sufferings.
             6. We should remember His death.
             7. We should remember His resurrection.
             8. We should remember His kingship.
             9. We should remember His coming
         D. If remembering these things does not stir a spirit of adoration for
             Jesusóa spirit of love, of exaltation, of honoróthen I do not know
             of anything that will.

Tonight, if you can, worship your Savior.
If you cannot worship, please do what is necessary so that you can.
    1. Do you need to make something right with someone?
    2. Do you need to ask someone for forgiveness?
    3. Do you need to ask Jesus for forgiveness?
    4. Do you need to be saved?

If you cannot worship Jesus with liberty tonight, do not partake of the Lordís

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