The Power of Remembering

The Lord's Supper Is A Powerful Way To Remember What Jesus Did For You.

Ross Sawyers
Aug 6, 2023    48m
Today, we will take a deep dive into Scripture and study the what and why of the Lord's Supper. rWe will learn that partaking in the Lord's Supper is a powerful way to remember what Jesus did for us at the cross to forgive our sins. Video recorded at Grapevine, Texas.

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Ross Sawyers: [00:00:00] The last couple of weeks, you might be new today, so I'll give you a quick catch-up on something that I'm going to wrap up today. And I've said about the last two weeks that let's just think about this being a giant life group, and how would I lead that life group.

Ross Sawyers: [00:00:18] And a couple of weeks ago I preached from Acts 26, and in Acts 26, we see the Apostle Paul lay out his defense before King Agrippa. And in essence, he's laying out his spiritual story. And he talks about things in the way he was before coming to Jesus. He talks about how God encountered him, and he came into that transforming relationship with Christ. And then he talks about some things that happened afterwards. And I gave you a copy of my story, I wrote it out digitally, and I put it in that format of before Jesus, being transformed by Jesus, after Jesus, and what that looks like. And then as a giant life group, we think about obedience to what God teaches us. It's not just the knowledge that we gain each week, it's what is God saying in the way we're to walk in what he's given us. And at that particular time, I said, what if a thousand of us were to write our stories and then send them to somebody, just like Paul came before Agrippa and told his story? What if we did the same? And what would happen if the message of Jesus got into people's hands that way? And it's a different way to share about Jesus, when you write it out and give it to someone, they have it and it's in detail and they can go back and look at it again and again.

Ross Sawyers: [00:01:45] Well, I added a level of accountability because if we're doing our life groups well, we'd want to be accountable to each other, for what we said we would do. And so I said, hey, how about you email me, to whoever you send your story to? I think that's how I framed it, but most of what everyone heard was write your story and send it to me. And it was an incredible gift, the last two weeks, just to receive story after story, to not only hear who you're sending it to but to read your story, and it hasn't stopped for the last two weeks. I did say that depending on how you're wired up, this will be a disappointment to you, but I want you to know it's not a disappointment to me. And I'm optimistic to a fault about what I think people will do, and when I said I expected a thousand people would do this, I was hopeful that a thousand people would do it. And several of you were when you would send me your emails, I hope this is one of the thousand. Well, I can't tell you today that a thousand people did this, I can tell you that way more than a thousand have received the message of Jesus in the last two weeks through the stories of those who sent them and put them on TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram. You might not have written it, but verbally you told it to someone, I know a thousand plus have it. And I would actually say that in the last two weeks, the gospel has gone out from 121 more explosively than at any time in the last 24 years in a two-week period. And that, yeah, thank you.

Ross Sawyers: [00:03:39] And so those who want the number, I had 200 plus people send me an email and say, hey, there, sent it to these people, or they sent me their story, the bulk of those were sending me their story. And if you know how our church generally works, that's a stunning number. I had our staff guess on Tuesday, and one of them said maybe ten. Because what you usually hear me say when I challenge you as a church to do something, you think I'm not going to email him, I'm not going to text him, because if I do that, he's getting so many right now. I don't, that's not usually what occurs, so what a treat the last couple of weeks.

Ross Sawyers: [00:04:25] And to hear story after, I won't look at a stat the same after hearing your stories. There is so much raw hurt and abuse that's happened to so many in our church body, it was almost painful to read again and again and again, and yet I'm so grateful that you have the courage to be vulnerable in sharing those things. And then reading again and again and again how Christ has met you and been a grace and a balm for your soul, and brought you out of hard, and rescued out of destructive sin, and brought you through trials. But then also just to see the honesty after you came to Jesus, for many of you, the trials and the hardships were harder than before. So we're not suggesting that when you know Jesus, everything is simple after that. Sometimes it gets harder, and it makes absolute sense that if you're the enemy, you would make it harder on somebody who was following Jesus than someone who was not.

Ross Sawyers: [00:05:42] I also want to cheer on grandparents today, being one, I'm way more aware of this than I was a few months ago; but I can't tell you how many people's stories have been impacted by their grandparents. And that's why you're following Jesus today, because of a grandmother or a grandfather or both. And I want to keep cheering on parents that are sharing their stories with your kids for the first time, adult children or younger children, it's meaningful for them to see the details of what God has done in your life.

Ross Sawyers: [00:06:23] Now, I'm not coming back next week and talking about stories, so those of you that are living with guilt that you haven't done it yet, you're free. But I want to give everybody one more shot in a different way to tell your story in their 20s verbally. Now, people who speak will tell you it's harder to say something succinctly in a smaller amount of time than in a larger amount of time, so 20s initially sounds easy, it could be harder than writing it, but maybe not.

Ross Sawyers: [00:07:03] Here we go, somebody will clock me. Use two words before Christ, talk about your transition to Christ, and two words that describe you after. Here's how I would do it. My life before knowing Jesus would be characterized by fear and perfection, that's an ugly combination. When I was 16 years old, God reached in and rescued me, he's the one that's perfect and he's the one that relieved my fear. Now my life is characterized by peace and by safety in Christ because he's covered all of my imperfections. Two words, Jesus, and two more words, and people will stick around long enough to hear that.

Ross Sawyers: [00:08:01] All right, we're going to travel a little bit in scripture today. If you'll turn in your Bible to Exodus 12, we're going to make our way to Matthew 26, and then we're going to overview First Corinthians 11. I want us to think today about the Lord's Supper. And depending on your background, it might be that you call it the Eucharist, it might be you call it communion, but we're going to think about it today as the Lord's Supper, and I want us to do a deep dive into Scripture as to the why and what the Lord's Supper is. Now, for someone that is newer in their faith, you may not know why we do this, but you jump in there and do it. If you're not a follower of Jesus, you may think you know what? That is weird that they take this little cup with juice in it and this little cracker, and they walk up and they eat that. What is that about? It can look weird. It might be that you followed Jesus a long time and you might think the same thing. But my hope would be from the scriptures today that you would see the substance of what it is that happens when we take the Lord's Supper and the why and everything else behind it from what God says to us. We'll participate in the Lord's Supper at the end of our time, and I want to invite those who are online, wherever you are. If you're in your living room right now and you're looking at your TV and I'm looking at you right now, you can just kind of get up for a minute, go to the kitchen, find some kind of juice, whatever works, so that you'll be ready to go at the end, the rest of us will be served here. That way we can all participate together, whether online or in person.

Ross Sawyers: [00:09:43] Now, one of the beauties of our stories, when we write our stories, I can't tell you how many people have not written their story before that, wrote it and said that was really powerful just to write my story. I thought it might have been easier, but it was harder than I thought, but just to see what God did. But when we write our story, what happens? We're looking back at what God has done, and then it's a reminder today, it's just a fresh reminder of what God's doing today, and then it's a reminder of what's going to happen in the future with him. So there is power in remembering, and that's the idea I want us to think about with the Lord's Supper today is the power of remembering.

Ross Sawyers: [00:10:30] Now I said we were going to start in Exodus 12, the first one is to give an overview, and then I want to take one verse out of Luke, and then we'll be in Exodus 12. The Lord's Supper takes place on the night before Jesus is crucified on the cross. In John 13 through Chapter 17, we see a vivid descriptor of what happens as Jesus takes that meal with His disciples, it's his last meal with them. A number of things happen, he washes their feet, if you're familiar with that story, it happens the night before he was crucified, and he's given them a picture of humility and serving. He also tells them that one of them will betray him. Now imagine you're having this big dinner, and the one who's hosting the dinner says one of you is going to betray me. And he moves from there to say, if you're going to be a disciple of mine, a follower of mine, then you're to love one another. But then he'll go on to say, you're going to be hated by a lot of people if you follow me. And then he tells them that I'm the way, the truth, and the life. No one's coming to the Father but through me. When you hear that scripture, note that it happened the night before Jesus was crucified, that he said, I am the way to salvation, there's not another option. And then he said, When I'm gone, I'm going to send you the Holy Spirit to come into your life and be your teacher.

Ross Sawyers: [00:12:16] A number of things happen around the table, all of these things happen, and in Luke 22:15, we're then told that "Jesus said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer." Earnestly desire. I don't know about you, but if I know this is my last meal before I'm about to meet a brutal death, I'm not sure that earnestly desire would be the attitude of my own heart being a fearful person. But he earnestly desired. Why did he desire to have this Passover with him before he would suffer on the cross? He was about to show them a whole new meaning of what they had done their whole lives. He was about to show them the richness of the salvation that would come through himself. He was about to point to them to the marriage supper of the lamb, which would happen when we transfer in, and then the new heavens and the new earth begin. He desired this time with them earnestly, eagerly looking forward to it.

Ross Sawyers: [00:13:41] Now let's back up to the Passover. Let's get into Exodus 12. If they're having a Passover meal, for many of us, we may not know what the Passover is, and what's the significance of this meal, and why Jesus would add a different meaning to it. So we find ourselves in Exodus chapter 12, and prior to Exodus 12, God has raised up a deliverer for the people of Israel. They had been enslaved for 430 years, they had cried out to God again and again to be rescued and delivered from slavery. And God intervenes at this moment in history, and Moses is the one that he will use to deliver his people. Everything in the Old Testament points to Jesus, Moses is a kind of Jesus, Moses is a deliverer of the people, and Jesus will be that ultimate deliverer of people. Moses is the deliverer, they're enslaved, and he'll be the one that God uses. He's done a number of things to this point to let Pharaoh know he needed to let the people go, but he refuses, his heart has hardened.

Ross Sawyers: [00:15:10] We find ourselves in Exodus 12, and God gives them instructions for how he is about to bring their deliverance. In verse 5 of Chapter 12, he is starting to tell them what they're to do, and he says, "Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats." So he says to them, they're to take a lamb, it's one year old, unblemished, it's an innocent lamb. He'll go on to say, that around twilight, you're to kill that lamb and slaughter it, and everybody's to do it at the same time. In verse 7 he says, "Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it." Slaughter the lamb, take the blood of the lamb, and put the blood of the lamb on either side of the doorposts, and the lintel is that above peace? So the blood is to be here and down the doorpost.

Ross Sawyers: [00:16:21] A quick interjection here, as a grandfather, again, I'm processing things a bit differently. The other day I was reading through Proverbs 1, I don't know if you've read Proverbs 1 lately, but generally, we know verse 7, that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of that is...I don't even know the verse. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." Pick a version, I'm sure that hit it close. But if you've read the rest of Proverbs 1 lately, it's brutal, and children would read it, the children of the Israelite families. And the children of the Israelites would later, when they had the Torah, which is the first five books of the Bible, the children memorize these first five books. And I just started thinking about all the ways we, and this is dangerous for me, I'm just processing, I may not be right, I don't know if I am or not. But have we done a disservice to our children with the way we have done our children's Bibles and children's books by not giving the whole story? And I know we look, and we figure out what's age-appropriate, but for some reason, God thought it was age-appropriate for the children of the Israelites to memorize every detail of the first five books of the Bible. One thought I had passed in my mind; I wonder if they did that so they could discern all the nonsense that they would encounter as children and on. Just a side note for you to mess around with, but I don't know that we give the detail of this, the blood being slaughtered on the doorposts.

Ross Sawyers: [00:18:26] And then verse 13, "The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt." So he says to them, there is going to be the killing of the firstborn of every male and every beast in the land. And the only way you'll escape that is to have slaughtered the one-year-old unblemished lamb, put the blood on the doorposts and above, and he'll pass over those houses, and you'll be spared. The instructions are very specific about how to be spared from God's wrath.

Ross Sawyers: [00:19:16] And then he says to them, "Now this day, verse 14, will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance." This last meal that Jesus had and the Lord's Supper, he's doing what they have done every year since Exodus 12 in celebrating the Passover and when Israel was delivered. And then in Exodus 13:3, "Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you went out from Egypt, from the house of slavery; for by a powerful hand the LORD brought you out from this place." Remember, there's power in remembering, remember this day when you were passed over and you were delivered. Remember that day, and that happened by the power of God's hand.

Ross Sawyers: [00:20:17] This is what they were doing when we arrive at Matthew 26, all these different things that happened at the table, as I described. And then in verse 26, "While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” That would have been absolutely stunning to those disciples, at no time when they had done the Passover, it was heavily scripted the way they did the Passover meal, and at no time was there ever that kind of phrase in it. But here's Jesus saying, here's something new, I'm bringing a new association to this Passover meal. There's a new significance, he's defining it in a new way. He said, "Take, eat; this is my body."

Ross Sawyers: [00:21:20] In verse 27, "And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you." For those that have a background where Eucharist is the term you're accustomed to, the word thanks in this verse is the word that gives us Eucharist. So the idea is, this was a time of gratitude for the broken body of Christ, the shed blood of Christ, and the salvation that that secures for us. So He gave thanks, "Drink from it, all of you; 28for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins." Forgiveness of sins comes through the pouring out of the blood of Jesus.

Ross Sawyers: [00:22:13] Now a covenant is a promise, a promise, it's not a contract. In a contract, two parties sign the contract, they agree to certain terms; if somebody breaks the terms of the contract, you break the contract. When we talk about it in marriage, it's a marriage covenant; it's a promise, it's not a contract, it's a promise. And God made several covenants over time with his people. He made a covenant with Adam, the first human, as the head of the human race. He made a covenant with Noah that he'd never flood the earth again. He made a covenant with Abraham, and he told Abraham that he would give him a land and make him a people and be a blessing to them, Israel is that people. God is faithful to what he says. And then he made a covenant at Mount Sinai after he brought the people out and delivered them. And this is the way it would roll. I'm going to be your God and you'll be my people. Here's the law, and this is what it means to be my people, if you keep the law, things are going to roll well for you. I'll put it in a children's book version, it'll go well for you. If you don't keep the law, it's going to go bad for you, and the rest of the Bible is about how it pretty well went bad for them because of their rebellion and their inability to keep the law.

Ross Sawyers: [00:23:51] But Jeremiah, the prophet, wrote in Chapter 31, and he gave them some hope. There's going to be a new covenant, but this one's going to be written on the heart because the heart is the problem, and there's not the capability to keep the law perfectly. And I like this kind of memory, and God says when that new covenant is written on your heart, then I'll remember their sins no more, you'll be set free. And God made a covenant with David, King David, and said, "Your kingdom will last forever." And in Christ, that covenant comes to pass. It's a new covenant, it comes into play by the shedding of blood and the forgiveness of sins as a result.

Ross Sawyers: [00:24:50] Let me walk you through, if I can, what that covenant looks like, and how it was established in Hebrews chapter 7, verse 22, "So much the more also Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant." So Jesus is the guarantee of a better covenant, this is the best that's yet to come, it's in Jesus; it's permanent and it's forever. In Hebrews 9:22, it says, "Without shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness." They were leaning on the shed blood of those animals as a sacrifice and a substitute for their sin, and in Hebrews 10:4 it says, "It's impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins." Though ultimately that's only a shadowing of what's to come in Christ, who it's not impossible for him to take on our sin. And Jesus is the one that's taking on our sin, our shame, our guilt, our condemnation. He's taken on and defeated the works of the devil. He's done everything on the cross, and set us free, it's a better covenant that comes through him.

Ross Sawyers: [00:26:00] In John 1:29, John the Baptist said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" He said, Jesus is the lamb of God, he recognized it upfront. And we're not slaves to Egypt today, in John 8:34, Jesus said that you're a slave to sin, and we need to be rescued from being a slave to sin. Every one of us has been mastered by sin. Underneath it, pride and selfishness is a sin underneath our sins, and then each of us starts to express that pride and selfishness in different ways, and it's our master, no one of us is exempt. But what Christ did on the cross is that he set us free. Paul would write< "It was for freedom that Christ set us free." We're set free at the cross, and it's by faith in what Jesus did. I mentioned this a few weeks ago, I love how Timothy Keller framed it, that today, and I would say this is our past as well, "The majority of people are about achieve when the gospel in Jesus are about receive." Meaning, we're spending all our lives, all our time striving to achieve. And yet Jesus is the only one who has achieved for us that will actually free us, and He achieves salvation for us in his work on the cross. And we receive that, and that requires humility because it's difficult to receive what someone else did on our behalf. We've been wired to achieve. Yet the good news of Jesus, is we don't have to achieve because we can't; but we can receive by faith what he's done on our behalf. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross so that we might die to sin, and live to righteousness, and by his wounds, we are healed in Christ, and it's only by grace that we can receive it. That's good news, today when we think about the message of Jesus.

Ross Sawyers: [00:28:36] In Luke 22, where this same account is happening, Jesus says to do this in remembrance of me. So whenever we take the Lord's Supper, we're to do it in remembrance of him. Depending on what your background is, there are different ways you've understood how to take the Lord's Supper. So what are those? We're going to strengthen our vocabulary today.

Ross Sawyers: [00:29:07] The first view is transubstantiation. I love that word. The word trans means change, it's what the word means. Substantiation means substance, so some have had the viewpoint of the Lord's Supper that the substance actually changes. So think about the elements of the bread, the cracker juice, or the wine, and in the view of transubstantiation, once the priest blesses it, there's a literal change of the elements, this now becomes Christ's body and Christ's blood broken and shed for you, and it's a means of grace for you. We would not ascribe to that view, if that's true, then every time it's administered, Christ is being sacrificed again on the cross if that's the real body and real blood of Jesus. And yet we know that from the Scriptures that for Jesus, it's a once and for all sacrifice. We also know that Jesus was at the table and the elements were separate from him, they weren't him, the bread and the wine were in front of him on the table when he was saying this. An example would be in another spot, Jesus said, I'm the door. He wasn't saying he was literally a door. He was saying, he's the door, he's the opening to salvation. So when you take and eat, this is my body.

Ross Sawyers: [00:31:06] There's a second view, and the word is called consubstantiation. Martin Luther didn't like the way it was playing out with transubstantiation, and he ascribed to this view. Those who are serving us today are leaving, so people aren't mad that I just talked about two big words. However, if you're irritated, it's a good time to go because it'll look like you're going to serve us in just a minute. The word con means together, so together with the substance. So it's when we take the Lord's Supper, we're taking it, and when we take the elements is as if Christ is surrounding it inside all around it. It would be the idea, people have used this analogy of a sponge, and when you pour water on the sponge, the water is now kind of all in and around and over the sponge, but it is not the sponge, and that's how Consubstantiation is thought of.

Ross Sawyers: [00:32:11] Now we're going to simplify our vocabulary, the third is a memorial presence, and this would simply be this is an act, a symbolic act of what Christ did. But some people didn't like that, they didn't feel like it went far enough.

Ross Sawyers: [00:32:28] So a fourth view is the real presence of Christ, that somehow, we receive the benefits of Christ with his presence as we think about this as a symbol of what He did on the cross.

Ross Sawyers: [00:32:48] What do we believe? When we're taking the Lord's Supper, we believe that it is a vivid reminder, it's a remembrance, and that the elements are symbols of Christ's broken body and his shed blood. And we believe that the effect of taking the Lord's Supper is dependent on where your heart and my heart is when I take it. It's not about some presence around the elements, as Christ is present right now within me, His spirit is present within those who are his sons and daughters. So depending on the condition of our heart when we take it will determine how meaningful or not meaningful it is.

Ross Sawyers: [00:33:44] Those are the different views; I think that's helpful when we look from scripture as to what he's telling us. In verse 29 of Matthew 26, he says to him, "I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” So it's not just a now thing, it is about the future. And Jesus is saying, we're doing this meal together right now, I'm about to suffer and we know that's on the cross. And he said we're not going to do this again until we get to the new heavens and the new Earth, and then every person that is a son or daughter of God's will participate in what Revelation 19:7-9 says, is the marriage supper of the lamb. And he's just looking forward to the day when what he's done in his sacrifice for us will enable us to all be together around the marriage. Supper of the Lamb.

Ross Sawyers: [00:34:43] Now in Isaiah 25, they might have been familiar with this, they probably would have been familiar if they'd read it. And already the prophet was saying, even before Jesus came, that this is what's going to happen in the future. In verse 6, "The LORD of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, and refined, aged wine. 7And on this mountain He will swallow up the covering, which is over all peoples, even the veil which is stretched over all nations. 8He will swallow up death for all time, and the Lord GOD will wipe tears away from all faces, and He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; For the LORD has spoken. 9And it will be said in that day, “Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.” We have something we're looking towards when we participate in this moment together.

Ross Sawyers: [00:35:54] Let me give you an overview of First Corinthians 11:23-34. I had someone come to me in between services and misunderstood something, so if I could really get you to dial in with what I'm going to share here, I'm assuming you've been dialed in any way, just maybe extra dialing. First Corinthians 11:23-34, Paul describes for us how we are to take it, and he repeats what Jesus said. And he said you do this in remembrance of me. That's what Jesus said, so we've spoken of that. He also tells him, you're to do this until Jesus comes. So just like there was the promise of a deliverer coming and he came in Christ, in the same way, Jesus said, I'm coming back, we're going to make all things new, and everything will be set right and then we'll spend eternity in that way. Sometimes we can be skeptical about is he really coming back? Sometimes people think he's coming back today. When he's coming back, that day and hour, we don't know, but we know he's coming. He hasn't missed on a promise yet, he's not going to miss on that one. So Paul writes and he says, "Keep doing this until he comes." So we're going to keep doing the Lord's Supper until Jesus comes back.

Ross Sawyers: [00:37:27] Here's the part where people get lost with me. Paul goes on to say, don't take this in an unworthy manner, or you're bringing judgment on yourself if you do. Now, I was sharing with some people the other day, I've been thinking about Colossians 1:28 a little bit more lately. And in that verse, it says, "We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ." And I think that order is interesting because we're so busy soft-pedaling today to make sure that everybody's okay with what we hear, that we leave off the admonishing part. The word admonish means to warn, and the word teach is to teach. But Paul says, I'm warning you and I'm teaching you. Why? Because I want you to have satisfaction, joy, and completion in Christ, and for that reason, I'm going to have to warn you of things as well as teach you about things. And Paul is warning us, in First Corinthians 11, as believers to not take the Lord's Supper in an unworthy manner. We would do well to heed his warning. And he says you should examine yourself to make sure things are right between you and God and between you and people. Part of the unworthy manner for them is they were being disrespectful to one another; they weren't treating each other well. But the way I've just tried to figure out, and again, this is where it got confused, so let me see if I can make sure I'm really clear. If we thought about not taking it in an unworthy manner, most of us, if we were just really honest with ourselves today, would not take it because we wouldn't feel worthy today to take it, that's not what he's saying. Our worth today, by the way, is because of what Christ has achieved for us, that's why we're worthy. But the way I've at least tried to talk about it is there's a difference if you're a Christian, there's a difference between battling sin and embracing sin. Okay? And the question came to me, what about addiction? And I know we have so many people who battle different addictions. I'm not saying in this that if you have an addiction, you can't take the Lord's Supper today, I'm not saying that. What I am saying is if you have just embraced or I have embraced a certain sin, and I know it's a sin before God, I know I'm harming other people, and I'm not changing it. That's embracing sin, that is saying I don't care, I'm not changing. I would just say today that's an unworthy manner and I would not take it personally. But there's a big difference in those same sins, but I'm fighting them. Scripture uses that terminology; our souls are having war waged against them. Every one of us is in a fight and a battle every day, as John Piper says it, to treasure Christ. And everything around us wants to rob us of treasuring Christ, and if we're not in the fight, we will not treasure Christ, we're not going to drift into it. Our flesh is fighting against us, Satan is fighting against us, the world is conforming against us. We have formidable enemies all around, trying to ruin everything, it's a war, it's a spiritual battle. So I can't answer the question for you, if you're battling or embracing sin, I hope that makes sense.

Ross Sawyers: [00:42:00] And then my prayer for you today would be that in this time when we take the Lord's Supper, that if there's some sin you've embraced, that today, you would know how much God loves you and wants to free you, and that today you would break free from even having the attitude of I'm just going to do it and then take it. I've seen different people over the years in these moments, the substance of what Christ has done is so weighty, that it's broken them of ongoing sin. And then the other unworthy way is if you don't yet know Christ, that you're an unbeliever. And we invite you here, we want you here, and this is a really weird moment because it's like I invite you over to my house to hang out with us and then we're going to have dessert and I'm not going to let you have dessert, it just seems like unfair and not hospitable. But if you can at least catch what I'm saying, it's probably the most hospitable thing I can do for you today, is for you to consider in this moment why would you not receive what Christ has done for you. And could this be a reflection time for you? And maybe today you come to Jesus, and then take the Lord's Supper on the day of your salvation.

Recorded in Grapevine, Texas.
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