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Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:17-26; Luke 22:14-30; 1 Cor. 11:21-29

Before we observe the Lord’s Supper, I want to take a few moments and review what the Lord’s Supper means and why we do it.

The Lord’s Supper is an outgrowth of the Jewish Passover Supper (Mt. 27:17-19).

The Passover celebrates the most important event in Israel’s history— God’s deliverance of Israel out of bondage in Egypt. It pictures the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, as “the Lamb of God,” that delivers us from the bondage of sin (John 1:29).

The N.T. Church does not observe the Passover, but we do observe the Lord’s Supper as a memorial of “Christ our passover” (1 Cor. 5:7). Let’s examine seven aspects of Christ instituting this local church ordinance.

I. The PREPARING for it (v. 17).

Just as the disciples had to prepare for the Passover meal, so must we prepare our hearts for the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:28).

II. The PLACE of it (vs. 17-18).

A. They could not go to a place of their choosing — they must go to the place of God’s choosing.

B. God has a place where He wants us to observe the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:18, 20).

III. The PICTURE of it (vs. 26-28).

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