Wednesday, April 1, 2009

When Jesus Comes To Supper

As I was reading my online KJV Bible this morning at work – while I sipped on my Grandé chocolaty, espresso mocha :) – I was reminded of something Daniel Brown said in the message he preached on Sunday night. It was a GREAT message too.... He preached on “What Happens When Jesus Comes To Supper”. As you can probably guess, it was a message on the last supper. I cannot stress how great this message was. The portion of Scripture that was referenced was Matthew 26:19-30.

Daniel said that the first thing that happens when Jesus comes to supper is that a Sinner is rebuked.

[19] And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.
[20] Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.
[21] And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
[22] And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
[23] And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.
[24] The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
[25] Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.

You cannot sit in the presence of Almighty God and still sit in your sin. Sin cannot enter into the presence of God because He is too holy (and by the way, Jesus IS God). Judas was the betrayer of Jesus, and Jesus told Him that it would have been better if he had just not been born. Let that be a lesson to you: Jesus doesn’t think too highly of betrayers (backstabbers). In fact, He said in the book of Revelations (which was written by the disciple John – who was present at this Last Supper) that He wants for us to either be hot or cold. If you’re only lukewarm (a fence-straddler) He will spit you out of His mouth (and no, this does not mean that you will lose your Salvation). Coming off of that rabbit trail, if you notice when Jesus stated that there was a betrayer among them, ALL the disciples began to whisper amongst themselves and ask “Is it I?” Obviously, each disciple was reminded of some sort of sin that was present in their life, or why would they be asking if they were the ones that would betray their Master?
Think about it….

The second thing that happens when Jesus comes to supper is that the Savior is revealed.

[26] And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
[27] And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
[28] For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
[29] But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.

His blood was shed for the remission of sins! MY sins. YOUR sins. The Drunkard’s sins. The drug-addicts sins. Those of the guilty, the wretched, the torn, the proud, the needy, the hungry, the homeless, the weary, the desperate, the sad, the strong, the rich, and the weak. He died for the sins of EVERYONE! (and on another side-note, there is no such things as the “elect” – the belief that God picks and chooses who He wants and is going to save – Go read John 3:16, AND THEN try to argue the “elects” viewpoint. It can’t be done – Praise God!)

Remember, in the book of Luke, chapter 24, after Jesus had risen from the dead --- He was walking with a few travelers as they journeyed to Emmaus. The travelers didn’t recognize Jesus, and thought He was just any other man. Jesus had a little fun with the situation. He played ignorant at first to the things they were discussing, but later….. LATER, He revealed who He really was! Here’s the entire passage of Scripture containing the account of this story:

[13] And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
[14] And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
[15] And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
[16] But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
[17] And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
[18] And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass therein these days?
[19] And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
[20] And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
[21] But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
[22] Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;
[23] And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.
[24] And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.
[25] Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
[26] Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
[27] And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
[28] And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.
[29] But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
[30] And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
[31] And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
[32] And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,
[34] Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
[35] And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.
[36] And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

There’s a reason why a bolded verses 30 – 32.... Notice, Jesus revealed Himself while they sat down to eat. And their eyes were opened: “Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the Scriptures?”
Oh, that our hearts would burn within us when we read the Word of God! First though, there must be a surrendering of the spirit and will. And that is often so hard to do. If you really look back in your life, how many times did you desperately long for God to meet with you, to speak to you, to show Himself real to you when there wasn’t a problem in your life or some heartbreaking situation you were facing? If you’re anything like me, you’d realize the sad answer: not many. We’re too comfortable. We’ve become too complacent.

The third thing that happens when Jesus comes to supper is that a Song is resounded!

[30] And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

It says that THEY sang a hymn. How beautiful is it that Jesus sang along with His disciples! Jesus knew that within just a few short hours He would be arrested, mocked, scorned, beaten, humiliated, denied, rejected, heartbroken, and hung upon a cross.... for the ones He was singing with! How precious the thought! I wonder what song they sang. Perhaps one of the Psalms King David had written long ago (“Psalm” means “Song”). Maybe even Psalms 23.

It’s a beautiful story. Beautiful. Words cannot do it justice.

For a more detailed account of this story, read your Bible.
-or- see my post entitled: I Love You, I Love You Not

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