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Author: Kent Berghuis
Celebrating the Lord's Supper: The Joy in the Journey Mark 14:12-26 Intro: Family vacations were planned with a destination in mind, but we always found happiness along the way. Similarly, Christians live with the clear hope of the fulfillment of our salvation-- but we find joy along the way through our life with Christ, as symbolized in the Lord's Supper. Main idea: In the Lord's Supper Jesus gave us reasons for joy, even on the way of the cross. I. Life in Christ: the Body (22). A. The body in celebration --Foster, 196 --Deut 14:22-26 B. The body as community --Daniel's story from Exit Interviews II. Forgiveness in Christ: the Blood (23-24). A. Jesus as the Jubilee --Lev 25:8-12 --Luke 4:18-19 B. Jesus as the Justifier --Forgiveness helps settle the big questions of life --Rembrandt's self-portrait in "The Raising of the Cross" --Q: What have you repented of lately? --Augustine: "The Christian should be an Alleluia head to foot." III. Hope in Christ: the Kingdom (25). A. Hope secures --not "hope" with uncertainty, but resting on a promise, like engagement --Luther's quote B. Hope sustains --Mantle's quote at Roger Maris's funeral: "This puts it all in perspective--life is too short." Conclusion: The Lord's Supper is a meaningful time of remembrance for those who love Christ, and it should be a time when we reflect on the grounds of our deepest reasons for joy--life in the body of Christ, forgiveness in the blood of Christ, and hope for the kingdom of God.