Call to Worship June 2 2019

The Lord’s Supper by Thomas Watson

“QUESTION. What is meant by Christ’s taking the cup?

ANSWER. The cup is figurative of the wine in it. By this, Christ signified the shedding of His blood upon the cross. When His blood was poured out—now the vine was cut and bled. Now was the lily of the valleys dyed a purple color. This was, to Christ, a cup of astonishment, Ezekiel 23:33. But to us, it is a cup of salvation. When Christ drank this cup of blood, we may truly say that He drank a toast to the world.

It was precious blood, 1 Peter 1:19. In this blood, we see sin fully punished and fully pardoned. Well may the spouse give Christ of her spiced wine and the juice of her pomegranate, Song of Solomon 8:2, when Christ has given her a draft of His warm blood, spiced with His love and perfumed with the Divine nature!

‘This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’ This is a mercy of the first magnitude, the crowning blessing. ‘Who forgives your iniquities, who crowns you with loving-kindness,’ Psalm 103:3-4. Whoever has this charter granted, is enrolled in the book of life. ‘Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,’ Psalm 32:1. Under this word, ‘forgiveness of sin’—are comprehended all heavenly blessings: justification, adoption, and glory—in respect of which benefits we may, with Chrysostom, call the Lord’s Supper, ‘the feast of the cross!’

See in this text, as in a looking-glass, God’s infinite love displayed.

(1) Behold the love of God the Father in giving Christ to be broken for us! That God should put such a jewel in pledge—is the astonishment of angels. ‘God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,’ John 3:16. It is a example of love, without a parallel. It was a far greater expression of love in God to give His Son to die for us—than if He had voluntarily acquitted us of the debt without any atoning sacrifice at all. If a subject is disloyal to his sovereign, it argues more love in the king to give his own son to die for that subject—than to freely forgive him the wrong.

(2) That Christ should suffer death. ’Lord,’ said Bernard, ‘You have loved me more than Yourself; for You laid down Your life for me.’ The emperor Trajan tore off a piece of his own robe to bind up one of his soldier’s wounds. But Christ tore off His own flesh for us! Nay, that Christ should die as the greatest sinner—having the weight of all men’s sins laid upon Him—here was most transporting love! It astonishes all the angels in heaven!

(3) That Christ should die freely. ’I lay down My life,’ John 10:17. There was no law to coerce Him, no force to compel Him. It is called the offering of the body of Jesus, Hebrews 10:10. Nothing could fasten Jesus to the cross—but the golden link of love!”

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