Lesson 2 – Week of April 7- 13, 2021
AIM: After studying this lesson, students need to ALWAYS remember what the meaning is in partaking of the Lord’s Supper! Also, we need to remember HOW He lived; WHY He died and WHAT He said! Then share the good news with others!
We are a forgetful people! That is why we so desperately need reminders. AND this lesson is simply a call to “Remember” the most significant sacrifice in all of human history AND the 2,000+ year old memorial that was erected in an upper room in Jerusalem so we would never forget!
We are a forgetful people! God knew that we would have a faulty memory. He established a memorial for the Passover.
Exodus 12:25-28 (NLT)
25 When you enter the land the Lord has promised to give you, you will continue to observe this ceremony.
26 Then your children will ask, ‘What does this ceremony mean?’
27 And you will reply, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt. And though he struck the Egyptians, he spared our families.’” When Moses had finished speaking, all the people bowed down to the ground and worshiped.
28 So the people of Israel did just as the Lord had commanded through Moses and Aaron.
God established the Passover so that Israel would remember how He had brought them out of Egypt, out of slavery, out from Pharaoh’s control!
We are a forgetful people! God knew that we would have a faulty memory. He established a memorial for crossing the Jordan into the Promised Land.
Joshua 4:1-9 (NLT)
1 When all the people had crossed the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua,
2 “Now choose twelve men, one from each tribe.
3 Tell them, ‘Take twelve stones from the very place where the priests are standing in the middle of the Jordan. Carry them out and pile them up at the place where you will camp tonight.’”
4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had chosen—one from each of the tribes of Israel.
5 He told them, “Go into the middle of the Jordan, in front of the Ark of the Lord your God. Each of you must pick up one stone and carry it out on your shoulder—twelve stones in all, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel.
6 We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’
7 Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever.”
8 So the men did as Joshua had commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan River, one for each tribe, just as the Lord had told Joshua. They carried them to the place where they camped for the night and constructed the memorial there.
9 Joshua also set up another pile of twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan, at the place where the priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant were standing. And they are there to this day.
We are a forgetful people! God knew that we would have a faulty memory. So, Jesus established The Lord’s Supper, Communion, so that we may remember Him and what He did for us.
Luke 22:14-20 (KJV)
14 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.
15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer:
16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:
18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
I find this passage both interesting and intriguing! Do you know what I find interesting about this passage? Of all the gospel writers who record this event, only Luke mentions that the Lord’s Supper was to become a memorial feast! You see the words, “Do this in remembrance of me” are not found in the other gospel account of that night in the upper room. You won’t find them in Matthew, Mark or John. In fact, the only other place where we find these words are in 1 Corinthians 11 where Paul discusses the Lord’s Supper.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (KJV)
23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.
I find it very interesting that the only ones who recorded those words of Jesus that night were two people who were not even in the upper room. To me the fact that only Luke and Paul mentions this, underscores the fact that we are a forgetful people who are in constant need of some of kind of “memorial” to help remember. In the “old school” church (the church that I grew up in) every Baptist church had a table in the front and on the table were the words “Do In Remembrance Of Me.” This was known as the “communion table.”
Notice that Jesus says “with desire I desire to have this meal with you. . .” This was no routine Passover meal – it was significant to Jesus and, He with great passion wanted to share it with them!
Jesus’ “double desire” was fueled by two things –
- First, His desire for His disciples to know the true meaning of the Passover. For years His people had only celebrated a shadow, but now the real thing was here! The true lamb of God was standing before them and the real Passover was about to be celebrated!
- No longer would God’s people celebrate the shadow every year! This was to be the last, the final Passover meal. The Passover meal was handing the baton of memory to another memorial feast, the Lord’s Supper!
John 1:29 (NLT) – The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
John 1:36 (NLT) – As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!”
- A second thing that fueled Jesus desire to have this meal with His disciples was His desire for them to remember Him.
What should we remember? We are to remember How He lived, Why He died and What He said.
- REMEMBER How He Lived!
Philippians 2:5-8 (AMPC) – 5 Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:] 6 Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained, 7 But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being. 8 And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!
A) He lived Humbly
1) Though He was God, He did not demand and cling to His rights as God!
2) Took the position of a slave
John 13:3-5 (GNT) – 3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him complete power; he knew that he had come from God and was going to God. 4 So he rose from the table, took off his outer garment, and tied a towel around his waist. 5 Then he poured some water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.
- Your attitude should be the same. Not an attitude of. . .
- Selfish ambition
- Selfish Pride
- He lived Purposefully
- He KNEW what He was here to do!
Luke 4:18-19 (NKJV) – 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
- The Messiah was to preach the gospel.
- The Messiah was to minister.
- He was to heal the brokenhearted. He was not only to help the brokenhearted, He was to heal the brokenhearted.
- He was to give sight to the blind. Not only to those who were spiritually blind, but to those who were physically blind.
- He was to set at liberty those who were bruised. He was to set free those who were physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually bruised.
Luke 9:51 (NKJV) – Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem,
- He Lived Powerfully
ü He turned water into wine
ü He cast out legions of demons
ü He fed 5,000+ people with 2 fish and 5 loaves
ü He calmed violent storms
ü He opened the eyes of the blind
ü He walked on water
ü He cleansed leprosy
ü He even raised the dead!
He had power!!
John 10:18 (CEV) – No one takes my life from me. I give it up willingly! I have the power to give it up and the power to receive it back again, just as my Father commanded me to do.
John 19:8-11(PHILLIPS) – 8-9 When Pilate heard them say this, he became much more uneasy, and returned to the palace again and spoke to Jesus, “Where do you come from?”10 But Jesus gave him no reply. So Pilate said to him, “Won’t you speak to me? Don’t you realise that I have the power to set you free, and I have the power to have you crucified?” 11 “You have no power at all against me,” replied Jesus,” except what was given to you from above. . .
Matthew 28:18 (KJV) – And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
- He Lived Lovingly
Jesus’ love knew No bounds, drew No lines. . .Jesus loved everyone. . .
- The rich and the poor
- The sick and the healthy
- The Jew and the gentile
- The old and the young
- The sinner and the saint
- Friend and enemy
1 John 3:16 (GNT) – This is how we know what love is: Christ gave his life for us. We too, then, ought to give our lives for others!
Romans 8:31-39(MSG) – 31 So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? 32 If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? 33 And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? 34 Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. 35 Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: 36 They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. 37 None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. 38 I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, 39 high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
- REMEMBER WHY He DIEd!
- To Cancel our Debt!
- Every man and woman who has ever lived has owed a debt that they could never pay!
- He paid a debt that He did not owe!
Romans 3:23 (ESV) – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. . .
Romans 6:23 (ESV) – For the wages of sin is death. . .
Colossians 2:13-15 (ESV) – 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.
B) To Remove the Distance
- Our sin separated us from God
Isaiah 59:1-2 (NIV) – 1 Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. 2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.
Ephesians 2:13 (NIV) – But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
C) To Take Away Your Guilt
- The gospel is NOT the good news of partial forgiveness – NO, it’s the good news of complete forgiveness
Acts 13:39 (NIV) – Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.
Romans 3:24 (NLT) – Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
Romans 8:1 (ESV) – There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
- To Bring People Together
Ephesians 2:14b-18 (MSG)
14 He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance.
15 He repealed the law code that had become so clogged with fine print and footnotes that it hindered more than it helped. Then he started over. Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody.
16 Christ brought us together through his death on the Cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility.
17 Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders.
18 He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father.
- To Give You New Life
Galatians 6:14 (MSG) – For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate.
Colossians 1:22 (MSG) – You yourselves are a case study of what he does. At one time you all had your backs turned to God, thinking rebellious thoughts of him, giving him trouble every chance you got. But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence.
- In this new life – image is nothing and Christ is everything!
- Remember What He Said!
- i am the Resurrection
John 11:25-26 (NIV) – 25 Jesus said. . ., “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
- I will Return
John 14:1-3 (NKJV) – 1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
As you take the cup and the bread – remember:
- How He lived – that gives you direction
- Why He died – that gives you confidence
- What He said – that gives you hope
PRAYER PRINCIPLE: Thank God for the example given to us as to how to live, why he die and what he said.
SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLE: Share with others the hope, confidence and direction you have received from living for Christ.
EVANGELISM PRINCIPLE: Share with those who don’t know and help others remember what Christ did for us on the cross and by raising from the dead.
STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE: Our giving helps others experience the awesomeness of Christ.
DISCIPLESHIP PRINCIPLE: In times of distress and doubt, remember God’s goodness and the hope we have through Christ.
NEXT WEEK’S TITLE: Don’t Forget to Remember
DAILY BIBLE READINGS: Sunday: Deuteronomy 9:1-5
Monday: Deuteronomy 9:6-10
Tuesday: Deuteronomy 9:11-15
Wednesday: Deuteronomy 9:16-20
Thursday: Deuteronomy 9:21-24
Friday: Deuteronomy 9:25-28
Saturday: Deuteronomy: 9:29