Sermon #1297 Miscellaneous Sermons
Title: “What Mean Ye By This Service?”
Text: Exodus 12:25-27
Readings: Office: Buddy Daugherty Auditorium: Merle Hart
Subject: The Meaning of the Lord’s Supper
Date: Sunday Evening - October 5, 1997
Tape # U-12
Our text this evening is Exodus 12:25-26.
You are familiar with the context. Moses has just conveyed o the children of Israel the instructions God had given him with regard to the Passover, telling the children of Israel both of God’s promised deliverance of them out of Egyptian bondage and of the way in which they were to observe the ordinance of the Passover throughout their generations.
This whole affair was, by God’s design, a type and picture of Christ our Passover, who was sacrificed for us, and of our redemption and deliverance by his blood.
Let me show a few delightful highlights here in Exodus 12, which are obvious to anyone who reads the chapter with spiritual understanding.
1. As this was he beginning of months to the Jews, the changing of their calendar, so the experience of redemption and grace in Christ is the beginning of an altogether new life for the believer.
2. As every man in Israel had to have a lamb of sacrifice (v. 2-6) so we must have a lamb of sacrifice, even Christ the Lamb of God.
Look at these verses. They are bursting with meaning. This is one of those passages where you do not even have to look for Christ. You have to look away to miss him!
· The lamb was selected and provided by the father of he house. Our heavenly Father selected and provided his own dear Son to be the Lamb of sacrifice for us.
· The lamb had to be a male of the first year, in the prime and full vigor of life.
· The lamb had to be without spot or blemish of any kind.
· The lamb had to be slain. It had to be slaughtered (A Violent Death). It had o be slaughtered by the father’s hand!
3. The blood of the paschal lamb had to be applied to every house in Israel.
This is where most people misinterpret this passage and miss the beauty and glory of it. They talk about the application of the blood as something we do for ourselves. But that is not the case. The blood was applied by the one who chose and killed the lamb. And it was applied to the house for which it was appointed. Look at the type and the antitype.
· The blood of Christ is applied to chosen sinners by God himself, by the power and grace of his Spirit, through the bunch of hyssop he has chosen - The Preaching of the Gospel.
· The blood was applied to none but the children of Israel, to all the children of Israel, and effectually secured the deliverance of all to whom it was applied.
4. The paschal lamb had to be eaten (vv. 7-11).
Now, this is a picture of faith in Christ. Yet, even this faith by which we personally receive and feed upon our Lord Jesus, is not our work, but God’s work in us. Faith is the gift and operation of God the Holy Spirit in us (Eph. 2:8; Col. 2:12). But that is another sermon. For now, I simply want you to see this blessed picture of faith. Faith in Christ is eating the Passover (John 6:53-58).
· Eat it roasted with fire - being convinced of sin, righteousness, and judgment - Sin punished. - Righteousness established. - Judgment finished. - by the sufferings and death of Christ as the Lamb of God.
· Eat it with unleavened bread. - Sincerity and Honesty before God.
· Eat it with bitter herbs. - Repentance!
· Eat it not raw, nor sodden with water. - No Compromise!
· Eat it all. - The Whole Christ!
· Eat it in expectation, with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand.
· Eat it in haste! “Today, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts!” “Behold, Today is the day of salvation!” Judgment is coming! (See verse 12.)
5. The most important aspect of this whole affair was he blood, the precious life blood of the paschal lamb (v. 13).
· “The blood shall be to you for a token.” A token of what?
A Covenant Fulfilled!
Love Infinite, Eternal, Unchanging!
· “When I see the blood, I will pass over you!”
6. This was an ordinance to be kept by the children of Israel perpetually, throughout their generations, in remembrance and celebration of their redemption and deliverance out of the land of Egypt (vv. 14-17).
· A Memorial Feast In Celebration of Redemption!
· A Hopeful Feast In Anticipation of The True Passover!
· A Covenant Feast - Celebrating Redemption Accomplished at God’s Appointed Time! (See verses 40-42.)
· A Sabbath Feast - “No manner of work shall be done” (v. 16).
· A Family Feast - “There shall no stranger eat thereof” (v. 43) .”All the congregation of Israel shall keep it” (v. 47).
Then, in verse 26 we read…
Tonight, we have come together once more to celebrate the redemption and deliverance of our souls by the blood and grace of our all glorious Christ, the true Passover, in the observance of the Lord’s Supper. What a blessing it would be if our children would show enough interest in the worship of our God to ask, “What mean ye by this service?” What is the meaning of this blessed ordinance of divine worship? Let me show you why that question is so important.
In spiritual worship everything must be understood. Those who worship God must worship him in spirit and in truth. And we cannot worship him in truth unless we understand what we are doing in our acts of worship. The mere religious ritualist is content with the form and ceremony, with mere acts of outward worship, the form of godliness.
The Jews, with the many outward symbols of carnal ordinances, had a terrible tendency toward empty, meaningless, religious ritualism. Therefore the Lord carefully instructed them on the meaning and significance of their ordinances. We have the same problem. We all naturally gravitate toward ritualism, ceremonialism, and idolatry. But this tendency must not be tolerated. The observance of any ordinance merely as a religious ritual without recognizing and understanding the meaning of the ordinance is nothing less than idolatry, and will never be accepted by God (Isa. 1:10-14; 66:3).
We must know the meaning of what we do; otherwise our worship and observance of the ordinances of God are no more than the blessing of an idol! That is exactly the meaning of Isaiah 66:3.
Proposition: In order for us to truly worship our God in the observance of the Lord’s Supper, we must know why we observe it. - We must understand its spiritual significance.
Therefore, I want to bring this message to a conclusion by answering this question from the Word of God - “What mean ye by this service?” I want us to look into the Word of God and see what the Holy Spirit has recorded in the Sacred Volume about the meaning of this ordinance of public worship.
I. The Lord’s Supper is not a sacrament.
Sacraments are part of the pope’s tapestry. We do not keep sacraments. There are no sacraments mentioned anywhere in the Bible. The only place you find sacraments is in the church of Rome and in the creeds and confessions of those who are her children.
The word “sacrament” means “means of grace”. Protestant, Reformed, and Reformed Baptist churches all refer to the ordinances of Christ as sacraments because they really do believe that keeping the sacraments is a means by which grace is conveyed to the soul! Any sensible person must see that such rubbish I contrary to the gospel of the grace of God. But that is typical Catholic, Protestant, and Reformed doctrine.
· Baptism is not a sacrament by which grace is conferred, but an ordinance by which grace is confessed.
· The Lord’s Supper is not a sacrament by which grace is given, but an ordinance by which grace is remembered.
II. The eating and drinking of the bread and wine at the Lord’s Table is an act of obedience to our Master (1 Cor. 11:24-25).
· It is to be observed by all believers.
· It is to be observed regularly.
· Our worthiness to observe this ordinance is Christ.
III. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial feast (1 Cor. 11:24-25).
In memory of the Savior’s love,
We keep the sacred feast,
Where every humble, contrite heart
Is made a welcome guest.
IV. The Lord’s Supper is an exhibition of our Savior’s death as our Redeemer and Substitute (1 Cor. 11:26).
V. The Lord’s Table is a table of communion (1 Cor. 10:16-17).
VI. The Lord’s Supper is a token of his covenant (Matt. 26:27-28).
VII. This is also a feast of thanksgiving (Lk. 22:15-20).
VIII. The Lord’s Supper is a picture of faith (John 6:53-58).
IX. The Lord’s Supper is a symbol of hope (1 Cor. 11:26; Ex. 12:11).
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