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 Sermon on The Lord's Supper

Version 1

By Brian Pepper

Today we once again gather around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, there is a text of scripture that is very closely linked with this service. I would like you to turn with me to Matthew 4:4; “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

There are so many in the world today who are thinking only material things. They are thinking of the food for today not tomorrow.

Spiritual Bread

But Jesus tells us that temporal bread is not enough. It is true that Jesus taught us to pray for our daily bread. God wants us to depend on him. He wishes to supply our daily needs. But above all God wants us to feed on the spiritual bread.

Matthew 5:6; “Blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

This is a wonderful promise. How much more important it is to partake of the spiritual food that God has for us.

Sacred Bread

Today as we gather around the table we need to realise that the bread of the Lord’s Supper is sacred bread.  

For we are told in John 6:33; “For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven.”

This is heavenly bread. To partake it is to live forever. The cross of Calvary is stamped on every loaf. We need to eat of this bread for it is the spiritual bread which will bring everlasting life.

John 6:33 says; “For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven.”

By keeping this in mind the Lord’s Supper takes on a whole new meaning.

Preparation for the Passover

Luke 22:7,8 says; “Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the Passover must be killed. And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the Passover that we may eat.”

You will notice that the disciples were told to go and prepare the Passover. The first step in observing the Lord’s Supper is preparation. The minister must prepare himself. If the one who ministers is not in the right spiritual condition, how can he minister to others. The elders of the church must prepare themselves. If they do not then they are unworthy to take part in this service.

The deacons must likewise do the same for they carry the vessels of the Lord. It is the deacons who offer the emblems to God’s people. The deaconesses who prepare the bread and the wine, have they done their work with the right heart condition?

It is of far greater importance that the church members must be prepared, for it is a solemn moment. We are about to partake of the living bread.

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11: 23,24; “…That the Lord Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread. And when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, take, eat: this is My body which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me.”

As I have already mentioned we need to remember that the cross of Calvary is stamped on every portion of the bread. This is the spiritual bread that will bring everlasting life. How important that we avail ourselves of this bread while we may.

A Spiritual Famine is Coming

Do you know that there is a time coming when there will be a world-wide famine. How few seem to realise this. Let me read Amos 8:11; “Behold the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.”

This is really serious; a famine of spiritual bread. How important is it that while we have the opportunity we should avail ourselves of partaking of this heavenly bread.

Keeper of the Bread

Did you know that often words change their meaning? The word ‘Lord’ in the New Testament is translated from the Greek word ‘Kurios’, which means ‘supreme being’. The Anglo-Saxon word ‘Lord,’ comes from the old feudal system. In those days the Lord lived in a castle and he controlled the food situation of his servants or vassals. So in the English, the word ‘Lord’ means keeper of the bread. What a beautiful spiritual lesson when this is applied to the Lord of Lords.

The Lord’s Supper is the ceremony instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ who is the ‘keeper of the bread,’ “Man shall not live by bread alone”. We need to always remember these words.

Heavenly Bread and Heavenly Water

For the bread of the Lord’s Supper is He “which cometh down from heaven”.

But not only do we need to eat of the heavenly bread, but we need to drink of the living water. John 4:4 says; “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

You have the perfect combination: Heavenly Bread and Heavenly Water. What a privilege that we should be able to take of these life giving blessings.

How can Death Bring Life?

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 11:26; “For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till He come.”

Do you see the significance of this statement? By doing this, we plainly demonstrate (to God) our faith in the fact that Christ’s death brings us everlasting life. What a contradiction! One could ask the question, ‘How can death bring life?’ Jesus said, ‘I die daily.’ It was day by day death to sin. Christ gave us an example that we should die daily.

Romans 6:4 says; “Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death; that like Christ was raised up from the dead…even so we also should walk in the newness of life.”

The Saviour wants each one of us to enter into the experience of His death and the cross, so when we may pass from death to everlasting life. While we have the opportunity let us partake of the living bread and the heavenly water. 


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Thank you for posting some of (Brian Pepper's) sermons. It's like reading the very words Jesus has spoken to me and is a great encouragement. I cannot say that about many Pastors but I can say that about (Pr Pepper). Thank you. Robert (USA) ... more testimonials.



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