The Moore American


December 11, 2013

One loaf and one cup

MOORE — We are happy to continue introducing Moore American readers to the East Ridge church of Christ. We are grateful for your presence today; as we take a little time to read a portion from the Word of God.

For nearly 2,000 years, since the church of Christ was established in Acts chapter 2, churches of Christ have honored the pattern of communing together every Lord’s Day (Acts 20:7).

The practice of using one cup in the Lord’s Supper has a special history. While the East Ridge church of Christ has honored this pattern at this location since its inception in 2006, we certainly, did not originate the idea. Instead, the Lord Himself established that pattern when He instituted His Supper the night in which He was betrayed.

Paul reviews what my Lord did (2 Peter 1:20-21) in his letter to Corinth. Just after Paul describes Jesus taking the unleavened breadG740 (Greek word 740: artos — one loaf), saying, “this is my body,” (1 Corinthians 11:24). Paul then focuses on the cup.

“After the same manner also he took the cup,” says Paul, “when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” (1 Corinthians 11:25-26). 

The pattern of Jesus only taking one cup is consistent in all of the accounts of the Lord’s Supper — Matthew 26:27, Mark 14:23, and Luke 22:20. In Mathew 26:27, Matthew records that after taking of the cup, the Lord commanded His disciples, saying, “Drink ye all of it;” other Bible translations express “Drink of it, all of you.”

Let’s remember that Jesus obeyed His Father’s teachings in all things (John 3:16, 8:28-30) and those who love him we will keep His commandments (John 14:15). We cannot forget what Jesus says in John 12:48-50 “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.” “And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.”

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