Lord’s Supper #6
O Sacred Head, Now Wounded O sacred Head, now wounded, With grief and shame weighed down, Now scornfully surrounded With thorns, Thine only crown; O sacred Head, what glory, What bliss, till now was Thine! Yet though despised and gory, I joy to call Thee mine. What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered Was all for sinners’ gain; Mine, mine was the transgression, But Thine the deadly pain; Lo, here I fall, my Saviour! ‘Tis I deserve Thy place; Look on me with Thy favor, Vouchsafe to me Thy grace. What language shall I borrow To thank Thee, dearest Friend, For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end? Oh, make me Thine forever; And should I fainting be, Lord, let me never, never Outlive my love to Thee! Be near me when I’m dying; Oh, show Thy Cross to me! And for my succor flying; Come, Lord, and set me free!
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These eyes, new faith receiving, From Jesus shall not move; For he who dies believing, Dies safely, through Thy love. -‐ Bernard of Clairvaux, 1091-‐1153 Tr. Paul Gerhardt, 1607-‐1676 Eng. Tr., James Waddel Alexander, 1859-‐1904 Communion As we come to this table, we come to what is called the – Lord’s Supper -‐ He invited us -‐ we eat with Him -‐ it’s His meal But it is also the : Communion Service As we sit here in front of His table, we are Communing – -‐ with God -‐ with His saints -‐ with this supper We have examined the aspect of: I. Communing with the Lord’s Supper with it’s powerful perspectives. (1 Cor. 11:27-‐34) 1. Reflecting the Passover -‐ God’s redeeming us from wrath 2. Revealing New Covenant
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-‐ God’s marvelous salvation worked out from within us 3. Reaffirming the judgement of sins -‐ Christ’s warning us to stay pure 4. Remembering the Return -‐ Christ is coming soon All of history pivots about this fact. -‐ Christ came humbly to a manger (Matt. 1; Luke 2) To Redeem -‐ Christ is coming in the air secretly (1 Th. 4; Rev. 4, Acts 1) To Snatch Up His Own Harpadzo -‐ Christ is coming in glory and all the world will see Him (Rev. 19; Matt. 25:31) to judge the world roll back the curse set up His earthly rule Are you watching? 5. Proclaiming the Lord’s Death -‐ With every observance, celebrating our entrance into salvation by Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection So we are first of all, Communing with this supper in all it means from these vantages – What else? II. We are communing with His saints How? In just these special ways.
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As we fulfill our obedience to: Communion of saints: According to Christ’s prayer, John 17:20, 21. Is with God, 1 John 1:3. Saints in heaven, Heb. 12:22-‐24. Each other, Gal. 2:9; 1 John 1:3-‐7. God marks with his approval, Mal. 3:16. Christ is present in, Matt. 18:20. In public and social worship, Ps. 34:3; 55:14; Acts 1:14; Heb. 10:25. In holy conversation, Mal. 3:16. In prayer for each other, 2 Cor. 1:11; Eph. 6:18. In exhortation, Col. 3:16; Heb. 10:25. In mutual comfort and profit, 1 Thess. 4:18; 5:11. In mutual sympathy and kindness, Rom. 12:15; Eph. 4:32. Delight of, Ps. 16:3; 42:4; 133:1-‐3; Rom. 15:32. Exhortation to, Eph. 4:1-‐3. Opposed to communion with the wicked, 2 Cor. 6:14-‐ 17; Eph. 5:11. Exemplified: Jonathan, 1 Sam. 23:16. David, Ps. 119:63. Daniel, Dan. 2:17-‐18. Apostles, Acts 1:14. The primitive church, Acts 2:42; 5:12. Paul, Acts 20:36,38. Let’s do that even now as we: -‐ Commune with His Supper -‐ Commune with His saints Next time?
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Commune with God Himself