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What is the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper? In this sermon on John 1:16, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the meaning and importance of the Lord’s Supper in the Christian life. He begins by examining other views that have been held throughout Church history, and are now believed by other denominations. He explains why views like transubstantiation, as held by the Roman Catholic Church, are unbiblical. The Lord’s Supper is important not because it is actually the physical body and blood of Jesus, he says, but it is important because it represents the death of Christ in our place! It is not some sort of mystical means of communicating grace, but it is a testament to the fact that Jesus has died for sinners, and that all who believe in Him are saved through His blood. So, the Lord’s Supper is an essential part of sanctification because it is a reminder of who Christians are now, and it testifies to His death for the Church. “What does this sermon mean to me?” someone may ask. The message of Jesus is for all people, of all places and times, because it is the message of salvation! The Lord's Supper declares that all who believe in Jesus are made righteous before God.
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones concludes his series on the sacraments with this message, focusing specifically on communion. Like baptism, communion is a sign to the recipient of God’s work in him, and also a reminder of the seal of the Holy Spirit living in him or her. However communion is uniquely vivid in signifiying the Lord’s death in the breaking of the bread and pouring out of the wine. As with the water for baptism, Catholics believe that God’s grace is actually in the bread and juice of communion, an idea called transubstantiation, the false thinking that the bread and wine are transformed into the body and blood of Jesus. The Doctor takes the listener through the arguments for and against this, showing that it is a completely unbiblical idea. Who is able to take communion? As with baptism, Lloyd-Jones demonstrates from Scripture that communion is only for those who are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. Listen to this sermon if you have or are currently thinking through the purpose of communion and what it is and is not!
Listen to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones as he preaches this sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:20 and the ease with which humanity drifts from the primary principles and why are they here on earth. Look at the picture of an ambassador – someone appointed and called by God to bring the news of the gospel. This is a person who has been given a brief and important message; they are not bringing their own opinion or ideas. What does the gospel say about this great responsibility? Learn of humanity’s exceeding need to be reconciled to God: “If One died for all, then all are dead.” All are in need of this reconciliation because of who humanity is and who God is. Learn that all humanity is spiritually dead under the wrath of God, and unless this is changed, they will not reap the blessings of God. There is hope and God offers this needed reconciliation through His only Son. The Lord’s Supper displays this incomprehensible sacrifice God made to satisfy His own wrath. Today is the day of salvation; nothing else is needed but to believe and accept. Sin is put on Christ and His righteousness imputed to those He calls, giving hope for reconciliation with God.