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From the Stable to the
Hebrews 10, Luke 22:7-20
[pic of Last Supper during reading of Luke
On the front of the communion table are usually found the words, “This do in remembrance of Me.” When we come to observe this ordinance, it should be a time of remembrance of the difference Christ made—past, present, and future. And we don’t need some ghost to escort us, only God’s Word and His Holy Ghost, so that we may remember:
· CHRISTMAS PAST—Remember the Lord’s death
Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.
-This death was made possible by His birth
There’s something special about little babies…so precious and perfect, so simple and serene. And that paper soft skin, and that smell! To watch a newborn sleep strengthens your soul, and you’d think this little one doesn’t even have a sin nature…and then, “waaahhh!”, and “urp”, and the smell changes drastically, and reality sets in!
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
He was God’s gift for our redemption.
Made possible by His birth…
It was Christmas Past when that tiny gift was presented to the world, and that gift kept on giving as He kept not sinning. Perfect was this Lamb, living the life sinful man could not live. And He saved just as He gave gifts to all who would believe on Him—all who would unwrap God’s gift of the Savior…in Christmases Past!
Jesus desired to have a few last hours with His disciples to instruct them of some last things. This do—was the way of showing forth his death. And His death was made possible by His birth, and made meaningful by His life. He was born to die, that we might live!
-This death was made monumental by His resurrection!
[birth, life, death, then a breath!]
He conquered death, hell, and the
grave…and so His gift continues giving to us eternally!
· CHRISTMAS PRESENT—Remember the Lord’s steps [and walk in them]
The word “communion” is an action word which
means: “fellowship, participate in, share together, have in common.” The
observance is not simply keeping a dead memory alive. It is entering into
the presence of one who lived, died, was raised from the dead by the power
of God, and is alive forevermore. Above all that He is present with us
always and is represented here and now—at the table. Christmas should be
much more about this table than yonder stable.
I Peter 2:21
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.
He left us here to continue His work and legacy and He promised in…
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that
believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works
than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
At the Lord ’s Table we call to mind the high
cost of our salvation. While it is free to us, it cost Christ dearly—His
very body and life’s blood.
Heb. 10: 28
He that despised Moses' law died
without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer
punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under
foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith
he was sanctified, an unholy thing?
Before we finish considering Christmas
Present, have you considered what will be your Christmas Present to the One
Whose birthday it’s all about? Make sure He gets the best…make sure and
spend the most, and make sure the “thoughts that count” are in place today
and throughout the season, and beyond!
FUTURE—Remember His soon return
“For as often as ye eat this bread, and
drink this cup, ye do show forth the Lord’s death till he comes.” You
proclaim the Lord’s death “Till He Comes.” Did three words ever tell
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.
And as we think of the 3 tenses of
Christmas—past, present, and future—let us be sure to remember that our past
is forgiven and forgotten [or can be!], that our present is a gift of life
that cannot be purchased, but rather has purchased [redeemed] us, and that
our future is unwritten except for the end…we know what the back of the book
says. Take your clean slate, and walk in His steps, until He comes!
Living He loved me, dying He saved me, buried He carried my sins far away, rising He justified, freely forever, and one day He’s coming, Oh glorious day!
From the Stable to the
· CHRISTMAS PAST—Remember the Lord’s d________
-This death was made possible by His b________
-This death was made monumental by His r______________________!
the Lord’s s________
He left us here to continue His w______ and legacy
John 14:12, Heb. 10: 28-29
His soon r__________
He Who came into the world will t______ u__ o____ of the world
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