Meditation for 11/04/2019

“They all ate the same spiritual food and drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.” (1st Corinthians10:3-4)

Just as baptism was the fulfillment of the meaning of the cloud and the sea of the old covenant, so the Lord’s Supper fulfills the meaning of God’s provision of the manna and the water in the wilderness. The bread and cup are spiritual food and drink in the new covenant, as the manna and water from the rock were in the old covenant.

When Christ is called the “spiritual rock,” it simply means that the rock which gave them living water is a symbol of Christ who gives life to those who depend upon Him. Paul meant that Christ would always be present to nourish His people wherever and whenever we call upon Him.


Precious Abba, we pray this day, for Your continued strength of mind and spirit, through the fulfillment of Your Presence when we call upon You in the Lord’s Supper. Let us always feel Your Presence near us, but even closer during the Supper that Jesus demonstrated to His disciples, and then when they shared it with all believers. You have said that when two or three are gathered in You name, You will come amongst us and we claim that promise for all time. Amen


Service begins in our minds, before we ever act.


“Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.” (John21:13)

Although Jesus gave the disciples bread and fish that He had prepared over a fire beside the sea, the words echo the language of the Lord’s Supper. Even more, they recall the commentary of Jesus upon he feeding of the 5,000 in John 5, when He said that they must “eat his flesh and drink his blood” (verse 53) to have eternal life. While not an explicit observance of the lord’s Supper, these meals provide a background for understanding that just as Jesus was providing physical food and drink for their sustenance, He was, more importantly, providing spiritual food and drink for their souls by His death and resurrection.


Ordinances, Institution of Lord’s Supper: (Luke22:1-30)

Luke described the institution of he Lord’s Supper in the upper room with Jesus’ disciples on the night before His death in almost exactly the same words as Matthew and Mark. The only difference was that Luke described a cup before the bread as well as a cup after the bread. Luke was apparently emphasizing the first cup as the cup of the Passover which they were celebrating on this evening, while he distinguished the bread and cup which followed as the new covenant in the body and blood of Jesus.

Second Thought of the Day:

“Then the two told of what happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.” (Luke24:35)

Cleopas and the other unnamed disciple recognized Jesus as He broke the bread during a meal. The action reminded them and calls to our mind the Las Supper.

Luke taught, through this event, that in the Lord’s Supper Christian disciples recognized the presence of their Lord. We cam be sure of this because “breaking bread” is Luke’s regular term for the Lord’s Supper.


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