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Last Supper page 4
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Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring
you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid [rescue] you
out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with
great judgments:  And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a
God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out
from under the burdens of the Egyptians.  Ex 6:6-7

Red wine is to remember the Passover lamb [which is Jesus Christ].  There is
a special cup of wine on the table for the prophet Elijah. In the Jewish tradition
the Messiah will come at Passover, but before He comes the prophet Elijah must
first come to herald His coming.

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and
dreadful day of the LORD: 
Mal 4:5

As we know John the Baptist had the same anointing as Elijah and he was sent
to announce the Lord Jesus Christ!  Toward the end of the meal the youngest
son will open the door for Elijah and ask, "What meanest this?".  At this time
the father will quote:

And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean
ye by this service?  That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD's passover,
who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote
the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head
and worshipped. 
Ex 12:26-27

Now the Haggadah is brought out.  This is a book recounting the biblical stories
about the exodus, as well as psalms of praises to sing.  While they are chanting
about the plagues, ten drops of wine are spilled, one for each plague that struck
the Egyptians.  It is tradition to sing
Psalm 115 as well as Ps 118. These psalms
record the undying love God has for Israel.  The evening is ended with the wish
to meet again next year in Jerusalem.

The entire feast points us to the Lamb of God Jesus Christ.

Now lets shift gears and see what we can learn about Holy Communion

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and [praising God, gave thanks]
blessed it [to their use], and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said,
Take,eat; this is my body.  And he took the cup,  and gave thanks, and gave
it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new
testament, which [ratifies the agreement and] is shed [being poured out]
for many for the remission [for the forgiveness] of sins 
Matt 26:26-28                   

The Lord Jesus Christ was telling these men that He was going to be broken for
them and this bread was symbolic of this.  The wine represents the shedding of
His blood.  This was meant to be a memorial of the sacrifice He was about to give
for them and us. 
 
The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of
Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
1 Cor 10:16-17

There are those that believe this "bread and wine" are the literal body and blood
of the Lord.  I find this real disturbing since He has already made the sacrifice for
us and is now in Glory.  These well meaning folks are in essence sacrificing Him
all over again each time they take part in this...at least in their own minds.  This
Last Supper of the bread and wine was meant as a metaphor, not to be taken
literally.

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.  Likewise
also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament [or covenant] in
my blood, which is shed for you. 
Luke 22:19-20

I have dear Catholic friends that will read this, I don't mean to offend you in any
way, but please ask the Lord to show you then search it out for yourself, and see
what you come up with.

The Lord gave His life one time for us and with this the Passover was fulfilled. 
The new covenant we are under is GRACE!  Praise God!

For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that
one bread. 
1 Cor 10:17

When we take the "wine" and "bread" we are saying we share in the
realization of what He did for us, as well as the fellowship we have
with our Messiah, Jesus Christ.  We are also acknowledging that we as
the body of Christ are one body in Him                                                                                                                                                                                                   F
or 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: 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  [to affectionately call Me to rememberance].  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had
supped, saying, this cup is the new testa- ment in my blood: this do ye, as oft
as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.  For as often as ye eat this bread, and
drink this cup, ye do shew [representing and proclaim- ing the fact of] the Lord's
death till he come.  
1 Cor 11:23-26
         
This is saying we are not to show forth His death and resurrection as a mere
fact, but to make it a proclamation announcing it publicly, to declare it.  In other
words we are to celebrate His death and love for us. 

Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord,
unworthily, shall be guilty of [sinning against] the body and blood of the Lord.
1 Cor 11:27

If we're not washed in the Blood of Jesus then we are unworthy to drink of this
cup. To take this most precious gift "unworthily" is to violate, despising our Lord
and Savior. 

Be not deceived; God is not mocked [will not allow Himself to be sneered at,
scorned by mere pretensions or professions, or by His laws being set aside]: for whatsoever a man soweth, that [and that only] shall he also reap 
Gal 6:7

But let a man [thoroughly] examine himself, and [only when he has done] so
let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
1 Cor 11:28

We as born again children of God have nothing to fear in taking this gift of
Holy Communion.  But, we each need to search ourselves making sure we have
no unconfessed sin in our heart.  We need to come to this table pure  and  holy, through the Blood of Jesus.

For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to
himself, not discerning the Lord's body.  
1 Cor 11:29

                       
The Lord will not be mocked!

For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep [die].
1 Cor 11:30

Note here the word "many" are sick, this is not to say that all saints that are sick
are so due to sin. But many are.  There is a price to pay for rebellion and sin. 
This passage is saying that those taking part in the Holy Communion with sin in
them will be judged and could get sick or even die!

For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.  1 Cor 11:31

As we search ourselves with the intent of true repentance, asking the Lord to
forgive us we must trust Him to do just that.  He honors a sincere broken heart.
Then we must let it go, and determine not to repeat it.

But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. 1 Cor 11:32

To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit
may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
1 Cor 5:5

Our Lord loves us so much that He will turn us over to the destruction of our
flesh so we might come back to Him, if nothing else will work.  He will allow
satan to have us for a season if necessary.  So it's important that we be open to correction and keep a humble teachable spirit.

I have been asked if we might have Holy Communion at our homes, I have
found nothing in scripture telling us not too.  My husband and I have done this
several times, as well as during a Bible Study we had here and the Lords anointing
was very strong and wonderful.

I pray this study has blessed you as much as it has me, as well as answered some
of your questions.  The majority of the blue words within most of the scriptures
I got from the Amplified Bible.  May our Lord Bless each of you.

He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so,
come, Lord