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Throwback Thursday – June 23, 2019
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On Sunday, we celebrated the Lord’s Supper together. Pastor Bill reminded us why partaking in the Lord’s Supper is significant. Jesus instructed His disciples at the Passover Meal to take in elements in remembrance of Him anytime they partake in the Lord’s supper…
“When the hour had come, He reclined at the table, and the apostles with Him. And He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.” And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:14-19)
So what is it that we remember?
Jesus had just given them the bread, a symbol He pointed out that pictured His body. Jesus then broke the bread, again a picture of His body which would be broken and crucified for them, for you, for me.
The Bible talks about there being two Adams. We read about the first Adam in the book of Genesis. Genesis 2: 15-17 says, “Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
If you don’t know the rest of the story, it goes like this… Adam and his wife Eve ate from the tree God told them not too. So Adam, the first Adam, brought the curse of death to humanity. That sounds like pretty bad news. But the Bible also mentions a second Adam.
1 Corinthians 15:45-48 says, “The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” But the last Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-giving Spirit. What comes first is the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. Earthly people are like the earthly man, and heavenly people are like the heavenly man.”
While the first Adam brought the curse of death, the second Adam (Jesus Christ) brought us the blessing of eternal life! Adam rebelled against God and took and ate from what he was not supposed to. Jesus was obedient to God unto death to pay the price for the sin curse. Because the first Adam took and ate sin, the second Adam tells us to remember what He did to take away our sin. Jesus took our sin on His body as our substitute. Only when we place our faith in the second Adam are we saved from the penalty of sin!
POINTS TO PONDER:
1. Why do you think it’s important to take Communion as a fellowship of believers?
2. How often do you stop & think about the price Jesus paid for sin?
3. What can you do this week to live in rememberance of what He’s done?