Mark 14:22-26 New King James Version (NKJV)
Jesus Institutes the Lord’s Supper
22 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
23 Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
24 And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new[b] covenant, which is shed for many.
25 Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
"When they had sung a hymn, they went out" (v 26).
--There is something about a hymn that blesses us.
--Most believers in the Lord love music, and to sing.
--The Psalmist (40:3), siad, "He has put a new song in my mouth - praise to our God." Jesus does that.
--Our Savior has inspired many hymns about our God.
--In the Upper Room that night they sang the Psalms.
--"When they had sung a hymn, they went out." Where?
--To the Garden of Gethsemane, and Jesus to a cross.
That night, then, was a sad farewell supper of Jesus.
--His earthly life, and personal ministry, ending.
--For this cause Jesus came, "to seek, and save, that which was lost" (Luke 19:10). It took a sacrifice.
-At the Supper Jesus turned sad times to song times.
--Songs can bless - especiall a meaningful hymn.
A centuries-old celebration of Passover was kept.
--They sang the great Hallel - Psalms 113-118.
--These are praises and prophecies Jesus fulfilled the very next day, as "The Lamb of God" for our sins.
After Passover, Jesus instituted another supper-the Lord's Supper; communion, sacrament, eucharist.
--This was to culminate what Passover depicted.
--"In remembrance" of what God in Christ did for us.
--What all past lambs and animal sacrifices could not do, Jesus did - in His death, and resurrection.
--He says, "Do this in remembrance of Me" - a Supper we are to keep "until He comes again" (I Corinthians 11).
Note Mark 14:22, "Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, 'Take, eat, this is My body.'" For He is "The Bread of Life" to us.
--Blessed are they who feed on Him. And His Word.
Then, "He took the cup .. gave thanks .. and gave it to them, and they all drank from it" (v 23).
--What was this cup? "The fruit of the vine."
--Unfermented grape juice, just as unleavened bread.
--Not as the "wine" we may know - but non-alcoholic.
--The grape juice represents Jesus' sinless blood.
Before the Lord's Supper Judas, who betrayed the Savior, had left for his "thirty pieces of silver."
--He, with Jesus those three years - but not saved.
--Sin can deceive more than we ever thought it may.
--Sin takes us farther than we thought we'd stray.
--It will keep us longer than we thought we'd stay.
--Sin costs us more, than we ever thought we'd pay.
In that Upper Room Jesus spoke of the cross, forgiveness, "This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many" for the remission of sins. Ours.
--His last supper, last communion, until "I drink it new in the kingdom of God" (v 25).
--Then, they sang a hymn, and "they went out."
Don't you wish you had been there that evening?
--In the Upper Room, to hear Jesus speak? Sing?
--Yes, Jesus sang! Sang the songs of Zion! Praise!
--He bore our load of sin and care. But He sang!
--Sing, my friend, for a hymn can lift our spirits!
--Since Jesus came, singing has greater meaning, for He "has put a new song in my mouth - praise!"
Prayer is vital, essential, but one day is no longer needed - for all our prayers will all be answered!
Preaching is essential for salvation, God says; for one to know God, and His way to heaven - in Christ.
--In heaven, preaching also will not be done by man.
--There, all will know. And do. All saved. Obey.
But singing! There will ever be singing in heaven!
--Always singing! And always some blessed hymn!
--Thank God for soloists, choirs, musicians, hymns!
My dear Mother, with five children, always working - but always singing, and always a hymn! Loved hymns!
--She and her sisters could harmonize so beautifully.
--"They sang a hymn." Sing those hymns to God!
Jesus taught us the Lord's Prayer, the Gospel of His grace and love, also taught us to sing - the hymns.
Our family has reunions when all relatives possible, seek to gather for a weekend of fellowship, and fun, in the Lord. Often it is held in my home town.
--We attended the church - where family members were baptized, sister married, and Mother, Dad, buried.
--Church has grown, services televised now, as people are still being saved, growing in the Lord.
When the last, invitation, hymn was sung, a lump was in my throat, as I looked at family to remember them.
--It was hard to sing the words. Thought of the past.
--Wondered about the future, and see others, again?
--Wondering what lay ahead for all of us? Our world?
--Then I thought of the faithfulness of my Lord!
--God gives a song! Songs of deliverance! Of joy!
--"They sang a hymn .. and went out." We with them.
Think how hard it must have been for Jesus to sing!
--Think what He was thinking. A cross He's facing.
--Of what His death would mean to Him. All of us.
--What our sins cost a holy Savior; He did it for us!
What lonliness, trials, testings, troubles come, and they will come, it may be hard for us to sing.
--Disasters, tornadoes, floods, fires, accidents, and surgeries, or ill health, a loss, temptation, fear.
--The devil has many tactics to keep us from singing.
--To defeat, and to discourage us. Don't let him!
Defeat the devil! Don't let the devil defeat us.
What was the closing hymn Jesus sang that night?
--We don't know, exactly. But probably a Psalm.
--And, they sang it from memory! Taught in schools.
What is a hymn? A hymn is people singing to God.
--A song is people singing to people! Sing to God!
--A song is like a testimony, of what God did for us.
--It was a hymn, not a song, they sang that night.
You may say, "Pastor, I have a dread disease, lost my job, or lost a loved one - I don't have a song - for I have nothing to sing about!" Yes, you have Jesus!
--Sing about Him. To Him, and our Heavenly Father.
--Think how the Lord loves you. All He did for us.
--When you do, it will bring His praise to your lips.
"Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God and the prisoners were listening.." (Acts 16:25)).
--It was in a Philippian prison .. at midnight.
--They had been beaten unjustly and imprisoned.
--But they knew what to do! Sing God's prises!
--Face your adversity, with a hymn, and prayer.
Some think, if only I had a different job, house, or spouse, or children - all would be better, happier.
--Would they? Maybe they just need be "born again."
--Mickey Rooney had 8 or 10 wives, and Elizabeth Taylor ever so many husbands - but were they happy?
--They had about everything, but a song, and Jesus!
--Listen, surrendering all to Jesus brings blessing!
Friend, learn to be content - grateful, for what God has given you in Christ. Seek the Spirit's filling!
--A right attitude and faith make a difference.
For over 11 years I had a wonderful secretary in one of our Michigan churches - she mad our church hum.
--We all were a team - working for church growth, by prayer and diligence. Led her family to Christ.
--She was a talented person. In fact, whole family.
--Wept and ministered when a daughter suddenly, went to be with the Lord, leaving a little one.
--They faced so much, but what amazing faith .. joy!
--Nothing beats that kind of holy faith they had.
--As church pianist, often singing; God blessed.
"In the midst of the church will I sing praises to the Lord" (Hebrews 2:12). Not just in the church.
--But sing in the home, and elsewhere, "to the Lord."
--Let's do it! It lifts other's spirits, and ours.
In a London fog a man was ready to jump in the Thames River and end it all - until he heard singing.
--He listened. It was a hymn, he remembers ages ago.
--God meant it just for him, to save a life, a soul.
--Sing that hymn! Live the Christ-life, my friend.
--Be saved; save others.
Wilbert D. Gough, ThD. DD. 871