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« This do." No matter whether we wish to do it or not; here are our Master's words, “ This do.” No matter whether we see the use of it or not: Jesus says, “ This do.” It is enough for each follower of the Lord Jesus to say, “Here is My Lord's command, and I must obey."
The second reason why we ought to “ do this is because of its connection with the memory of His sufferings. We are taught this by the word “ remembrance” which our Saviour here
“ This do in remembrance of My sufferings for you." And this is the most important word used by Jesus when He established this sacrament. In the study of music, there is always one special note in a tune, which is called the key-note,
The sacrament of “the Lord's Supper” is like a solemn song; and the key-note of the music to which the song is set is the word brance.” It teaches us that the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper is a "memorial service." In it is shown “ the Lord's death till He come again.” His death, not His life, though that was lustrous with a holiness without the shadow of a stain,
His death, not His teachings, though that embodied the fulness of a wisdom that was divine. His death! Still His death! Grandest and most consecrating memory both for earth and
When He broke the bread, and gave it to His disciples, saying, “ This is My body, which is given for you,” it was intended as a memorial of His suffering. And when He gave them the cup, and said,
“This is My blood of the New Testament," He meant that we should understand Him as saying, “ This is the memorial of My blood.”
Third reason : “Jesus bas connected this sacrament with the hope of His coming glory.” This sacrament of the Lord's Supper is the point of the meeting between the sufferings of Christ and the glory that was to follow, between His cross, with its shame and anguish, and His kingdom with its honor and blessedness.
It is prophetic. It leads the minds of the dis-, ciples to the great marriage supper of the Lamb, and a voice from heaven declares, “ Blessed are they who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb." That marriage supper represents the highest joys of heaven. It gathers into itself
all the glory and happiness that awaits His people in the heavenly kingdom.
Besides this sacramental service is the type, or shadow, of all the bliss connected with that great event in the future.
If we are true and faithful partakers of this solemn sacrament, this memorial feast, we shall certainly be among the number of those whose unspeakable privilege it will be to sit at the marriage supper of the Lamb in the heavenly kingdom.
There we shall be in the personal presence of Jesus, our glorified Lord; our eyes “shall see the King in His beauty.”
Hence the “Lord's Supper" confirms the two things which it exhibits, namely, “The atonement and the second coming of the Lord.”
It links the humiliation and the royalty, the scornful trial and the session of judgment, the accomplished past and the assured future, together. It is the Lord's sign on earth, as the sun is in the heavens. It is the wedlock of the believer's memory and hope. Memory which lingers round the cross, hope which already revels in the glory of the throne. « This do in remembrance of Me."
Here in the sacrament is the rainbow of the new and better covenant, the ever-renewed pledge of salvation purchased, and strength imparted, and blessing conferred on all believing souls.
And as we covenant in this sacrament to give our all to God, He, the Infinite, in boundless condescension, stoops to whisper, “My light, My strength, My grace, My purity, My joy, My heaven, all are yours.”
IMMEDIATELY after the institution of the “Lord's Supper," and when Judas, the traitor, had departed, Jesus opened His mind to His disciples, and such words as He then spoke to them were never uttered by mortal man, never was farewell more tender or touching.
It is the outpouring of His ardent love, revived, as it were, by the approaching separation, and passing direct from His heart into the hearts of His silent and sorrowing disciples.
Not one of these divine words was forgotten by the beloved disciple John in penning his gospel, so deeply were they impressed upon his heart. What follows is only a portion of this memorable discourse, “Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in Me.” As if He had said, “I leave you, it is