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11/07/2010 / Test All Things

Bible Doctrine Drill – Lesson 15 – The LORD’s Supper

After a person has been baptized, then he or she has the privilege of taking the Lord’s Supper from time to time. No one has this right until they have been properly baptized.

After a person has been properly baptized, he or she should try to never miss the Lord’s Supper when the church worships in this service.

The Lord Jesus began this service the same night in which He was betrayed by Judas Iscariot into the hands of those who hated Him (See 1 Corinthians 11:23.)

This is what Jesus did that night: First, He took some bread and broke it. Then, He told His disciples to eat it. Then, He took some wine in a cup and told His disciples to drink it.

Jesus has told us in the Bible what this bread and what this wine stood for. The bread stood for His body, which was broken for His children.

When we say that His body was broken, we mean His skin and His flesh. The Bible says that not even one bone of Jesus was broken (John 19:36). But His flesh and skin were terribly broken. His enemies beat Him with a whip and pulled the hair out of His face (Isaiah 50:6). They spit in His face. They slapped Him in the face. They made fun of Him. They made a crown of big, sharp thorns and put it on His head. Then they hit Him on the head.

They finally crucified Him. This means that they hung Him on a cross by putting big nails in His hands and feet.

Jesus let them do this to Him because by doing so He was saving His people from their sins.

The next thing the Lord Jesus did in the Lord’s Supper was to tell us what the wine stood for. The wine stands for the blood of Jesus (Matthew 26:28). When Jesus shed His blood, He shed His life, because a person’s life is in his blood (Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 17:11).

Jesus shed His blood for His people because that was the way He saved His people from their sins. They could not be saved unless He gave blood for them (Hebrews 9:12; Hebrews 9:22; Matthew 26:28).

Every time we take the Lord’s Supper we are to do at least two things:

1. We are to remember that Jesus died on the cross for our sins (1 Corinthians 11:25).

2. We are to look forward to Jesus coming again (1 Corinthians 11:26).

Another thing we must remember in the Lord’s Supper is the unity of the church. I must realize how close I should feel and how helpful I should be to the other church members because I am of the same body that they are (1 Corinthians 10:17).

When a person takes the Lord’s Supper he should be trying to live close to the Lord, and he should be depending completely on the Lord for salvation (1 Corinthians 11:27-29).

Before Jesus went back to be with His Father he not only took the Lord’s Supper with His disciples but He also washed their feet. We learn about this in John 13.

Jesus washed the disciples’ feet to teach them at least two lessons:

1. Humility and service. We must be humble to wash another’s feet and we must be willing to serve him. If Jesus, the Son of God, could stoop to wash His disciples’ feet, surely we sinners can wash one another’s feet. And we can and must serve one another.

2. Cleansing. In God’s eyes, a child of God has been cleansed from His sins by the blood of Jesus. But the child of God is still a sinner and needs to repent of his sins every day. Feet-washing symbolizes this daily repentance and cleansing.

Some Christians say that it is no longer necessary to wash feet, but Jesus said, “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14).

Drill Questions:

1. Who has the right to take the Lord’s Supper? One who has been Scripturally baptized.

2. Should a person ever miss the Lord’s Supper after he has been baptized? Not if he can possibly help it.

3. When did Jesus begin the Lord’s Supper? The same night in which he was betrayed.

4. What does the bread stand for? The broken body of Jesus.

5. Was a bone of His body broken? No, just the skin and flesh.

6. What are some of the things they did to break the body of Jesus? They beat Him; pulled the hair out of His face; slapped Him; put a crown of thorns on His head; crucified Him.

7. What does the wine stand for? The blood of Jesus.

8. Where is a person’s life? In the blood.

9. Why did Jesus shed His blood? To save His people from their sins.

10. What two things do we think about in the Lord’s Supper? We remember His death and look for Him to come again.

11. What should I think about the church when I take the Lord’s Supper? I should love all the members and want to help them.

12. What should I think about my sins when I take the Lord’s Supper? I should hate them and try to repent of them.

13. What should I think about when I wash my brother’s feet? How I want to help him.

14. Should God’s church wash the saints’ feet today? Yes.
Why? Because Jesus told us to.

Memory Verses:

1 Corinthians 11:26
John 13:14

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