One of Jesus’ Great Desires
January 26, 2020
A number of years ago, someone wrote a book entitled, Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I never read the book, but I think the basic premise was that there is much of life that is really pretty simple — so simple that even young children can know and practice those truths.
The same is true of our life with Jesus Christ. There certainly is a depth to the Christian faith that will challenge even a brilliant scholar — in fact, “the deep things of God” are infinitely deep, and while we will grow in our understanding of them, there are some things that even in eternal Heaven we will not fully understand them.
But there is also much of our life with Christ that is very discernible and knowable, so that even a young child can comprehend Christ, believe Christ, and begin the process of being sanctified like Christ. We can be comforted by the fact that the infinite, transcendent God is beyond us, but still knowable to us. The topic before us this morning is just one of those topics. It is an important spiritual practice, but it is also a simple practice, and an accessible practice (so that any believer can do it). And this practice also one of the desires Christ has for His followers. It was a practice explained and instituted by Christ on the night of His betrayal and trial. It is the practice of the Lord’s Supper. And as Luke recounts the story in his Gospel, we discover that the desire of Christ, quite simply, is that we —
This month we have been thinking about key spiritual disciplines. We have talked about Scripture, prayer, evangelism, church ministry and leadership. This morning we are talking about corporate worship, and one particular aspect of worship — the practice of the Lord’s Supper.
The focus of the Lord’s Supper is that we remember Christ. Remember Christ because what we remember about Christ is foundational to our life with Christ. In this first Lord’s Supper, there are five provisions of Christ we should remember:
- Remember Christ’s Desire (vv. 14-15)
- Remember Christ’s Promise (vv. 16, 18)
- Remember Christ’s Gratitude (v. 17a)
- Remember Christ’s Fellowship (v. 17b)
- Remember Christ’s Atonement (vv. 19-20)
Download the rest of this sermon on Luke 22:14-20.
The audio will be posted on the GBC website by tomorrow.