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Sermon delivered June 17, 2006 by Pastor Donald J. Gettys

McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church

McDonald, Tennessee

Biblical quotations are from the New International Version NIV unless otherwise noted. Divine pronouns and titles are capitalized.

Holy Bread (Communion)

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I would like to speak with you this morning about Holy Bread. Hebrews describes the earthly Sanctuary in Hebrew 9:2. A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lamp-stand, the table and the consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place. In the New Living Translation it says ....a lamp-stand, a table , and loves of holy bread on the table. In the American Standard Bible it says, ....the lamp-stand and the table and the sacred bread. This holy bread was there in the Old Testament, in that tabernacle [tent]. In other places in the Bible 9it is called "show-bread." It was holy to God, and the bread was reserved just for the priests, for the ministers to eat. Nobody else could partake of it.

However in the New Testament, the meaning of this symbol deepened. In amplifying its already rich significance Jesus made a statement in John 6:33. "For the Bread of God is He Who comes down from heaven and give His life for the world." So the bread is a symbol of Jesus. He said it is He. Jesus is the Holy Bread sent from heave to nourish us. Jesus is enriched bread, if I could use that symbol. Holy Bread: no less than God the Son; rightly holy forever.

Look at Luke 4:34, "What do You want with us? , Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know Who you are the Holy One of God!" So even the demons. Even the devil recognizes that Jesus is the Holy One. Jesus is that Holy Bread. Jesus said, "I am the Bread of Life, Holy Bread." Not like the bread on the table in the first compartment of the earthly sanctuary which was reserved only for the earthly priests. Tody, Jesus is available to everybody.

Look at 1 Corinthians 11:24. and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me." For everybody. Not just for the priests. So you see how Jesus amplifies this and expands this, and make this , which was formerly reserves, available to everybody. That's wonderful. Now everybody has the opportunity of eating this Holy Bread. Ant that's wonderful. Praise God that it's available to us. We ought to quickly snap Him up.

They say we are what we eat. Now, if I eat moldy bread, if I eat bread that's musty, it might make me sick. But if I eat Holy Bread, it has the potential of making me holy. We are what we eat.

My objective in life, I will tell you that I need improvement, you yourself need improvement, is to be more God-like. Isn't that your objective,; to be like Jesus, more holy. My objective is to live a life that when God looks down on me, that He will be proud of me, that He won't be ashamed of me. I want Him to smile when He thinks about me. All Christians strive to be like Jesus.

When you sincerely eat this bread at the Lord's Supper here today, and when you sincerely pray about it, this Bread which is a symbol of Jesus' Holy Body, I believe will help you to be more like Jesus. Its Holiness will become and influencing factor in your life to make you more Holy. So send up a prayer as you eat that bread asking for the pure holiness of Jesus to be in your life.

In 1968 there boy named Terry Ball. He stood on the balcony of his living quarters up on the upper level. He was in India, the son of an American missionary. Monkeys were everywhere. He teased these little primates by giving them a little dough ball from a loaf of bread that he had in his hand. A hairy arm would reach around the corner. He couldn't see the monkey but the arm was there and he would place a morsel of bread in its hand. Like lightening it would withdraw and that arm was zestfully thrust forth again and more bread was retrieved. It was just exciting. Squealing sounds could be heard from around the corner. It wasn't exactly proper jurisprudence, but there he was, the son of a missionary having fun monkeying around with the monkeys. Suddenly, the missionary boy realized that a crowd had formed on the streets below. One thin-faced boy looked up and said in poor English, "Master, feed poor boys, not monkeys." He suddenly realized who he was looking at. Those words stabbed him in the heart. The crowd was made up of orphans, beggars, lepers, starving youngsters. The missionary boy was mortified. Here he had a whole loaf of bread and these people were starving. There he was, knowingly playing games with the precious life-giving bread.

We have precious life-giving Bread here today, this symbol of Jesus. Don't play around with it. Be serious about this service. When you exit here, today, you will be a changed person. It can happen. Today, when you eat the Holy Bread, be thankful that it is made available to everybody now. Use it wisely. Pray for its significance to change your life. And then share the Bread of Life with somebody else who may not be exactly starving but they may be spiritually starving. Share it with the. That's what Mark Finley is trying to do. That's what we're trying to accomplish.

We've got a number of missionaries that are going out from the McDonald Road Church this year. Some are going to Zambia, I don't know where they're all going. I don't even know who all is going yet. But I think we have almost a dozen different people. My dream was too small. I dreamed that somehow we would have a dozen people going out this year. We've already got a dozen. I need to dream bigger dreams. God is fulfilling our dreams. God will fulfill your dreams. If you desire holiness in your life, if that's your dream, allow this to help accomplish this to in your life here today. Both you and others will never be the same when you share this Bread of Life as you go out from here today. Don't play around with the Bread of Life. Assimilate it into your body and be like Jesus.

 Hymn of Praise: #221,  Rejoice, the Lord is King
Scripture: John 6:35-40
Hymn of Response: #407,  Sent Forth by God's Blessing

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