Chapel Message – Dr. Russell Moore – “Lord’s Table”

Dr. MooreLuke 22:7-30: “Jesus Take the Meal: Why We’re Afraid of the Lord’s Table” 

(Dr. Moore tells funny story about finding the McDonalds in Russia . . .)

Luke is writing to Theophilus to tell him about the Passover.  But there is something different at this Passover; something completely changes.

When you look at Luke, Acts, and 1 Corinthians and you compare it to the way we view the Lord’s Table . . . there is something different here.

  • We spend all of our time explaining what it does not mean.
  • While we are exactly right in explaining what ti does not mean, we often forget to do exactly what Jesus did . . . explain what it DOES mean.
  • We treat it in a manner worthy of a funeral . . . but this is to be done “in remembrance of me.”

When we lose this, we lose something important about what it means to be people of God.  Have we just forgotten what it means or are we scared of the Lord’s table?

1. Proclamation of the Presence of Jesus

  • Jesus is there with His disciples eating with them.  There is a relationship and fellowship around the table.  By feeding them, He is modeling for them what God has done for all time . . . feeding them (manna, milk & honey, etc.).
  • We are right to understand that Jesus is not mystically in the bread and wine.
  • Instead, what we are to see happening is the reality of table fellowship.  Jesus is always with us in a head/body relationship. 
  • In this upper room, Jesus is telling his disciples I am here with you know and I will eat this again with you in the Kingdom . . . and I will do so at My Table.
  • When we gather together as churches, the hands that break the bread are the body of Christ.  There should not be divisions, but unity.
  • If we stand up and proclaim in the Lord’s table that we recognize Jesus is with us by His Spirit all of the time, this can be scary

2. Proclamation of the Sacrifice of Christ

  • Jesus speaks of this as the Passover.  He speaks of the wine as the new convenant as His blood and tells them to drink it.  But, Jews had memorized since childhood not to drink blood.
  • What we are doing at the Lord’s Table is announcing to one another that “I am a Sinner,” but yet the blood of Jesus washes away all our sin.  The power of the evil one is also that of accusation. 
  • When we are gathered together as the people of God with the bread and blood, we are proclaiming His death.  We are preaching the gospel to ourselves.
  • This is a warning of judgment and also a powerful message of the liberating nature of the gospel.

3. Proclamation of the Kingdom of Christ

  • Lord’s Table looks forward much like the Passover.
  • In serving one another, you are pointing to the Kingdom of Christ.
  • The temptation of the disciples is the same as Satan’s temptations of Him and us today . . . trying to replace stones for the bread.
  • The Kingdom of Jesus is a household, a family of brothers and sisters who eat together.  They long for the day when they will be seated at the table of Christ.
  • At the table of Jesus is a different kind of food.  Not a food that is poisonous, but a food like that of a marriage feast given by Jesus. 
  • As you picture this and show this, you proclaim my death until I come.
  • Why is it our Lord’s Supper services are so funeral-like.  It looks like a corpse covered in a white sheet.  We then feel “sorry” for Jesus.
  • Proclaiming His death is proclaiming a death of victory!  This is a victory party.  Why do we make it so tame and mild?

What’s scary is to sit there if you are Judas or Peter and to look a man in the face who knows everything you have done, will do and are.  What if we were to in our own lives to create an atmosphere seen here and in Acts?  What if when unbelievers saw what was going on, they saw a banquet that was worth going to?  What if we created a joyful proclamation at the Lord’s Table that is now seen around Krispy Kreme?  And what if by reclaiming the Lord’s Table, we created the kind of Kingdom community in which our children and dad’s would look at the boxed meal and say, “I was at church last night . . . and you call this a ‘Happy Meal?'”

Thoughts

Wow, I had heard that this was one of Dr. Moore’s best sermons and they were right.  I agree with it all.  The funeral-like comparison of the Lord’s Supper was brilliant.  But the question now becomes, how does this practically play out?  How can you take the average once-a-quarter communion and turn it into a victory banquet?

Any help?

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One thought on “Chapel Message – Dr. Russell Moore – “Lord’s Table”

  1. I listened to the cd on the Lord’s Supper and was surprised that there was no actual discussin of the real Passover meal…this was a rambling cd which tried to string verses together in order to build a principle which I do not see existing in scripture…the idea that we are all to eat form one loaf of bread on drink from one cup speaks to the irresponsible thougth process of thinking more highly of the OTHER person than yourself…it is a nice idea…in principle…but not in practical living…today we are not all ceratin whether or no the person is actually a christian and even if that were the fact there is the added issue of disease…this is the reason we wash our hands after doing a task or returning fro the restroom and handling food for preoparation…we avoid the possibility of spreading germs which can make people sick..it is the idea of thinking more highly of the other person…the passover cups were not discussed….the speaker seemed to be inferring that Roman Catholics were also christians…he also was unclear about the issue mentioned regarding “eating with such a one”..saying that we could eat with someone under church discipline…..but not take communion…the person under church discipline would more than likely NOT be present at the communion service…does the speaker think that the RCC is a christian church?…did the speaker ever study the Passover in actuality and why is the speaker inferring that the early church came to gether weekly as some rule of thumb when actually if one wanted to be “biblical” the early church came together daily as in Acts…the cd infers a legalistic approach to the communion service which is not present is scripture…I would welcome a response…

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