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The second stanza to L.O. Sanderson’s song, “Tis Set, the Feast Divine,” reads:

“May we the Lord discern,
His death our holy concern;
We feast in faith, His coming yearn
In the supper of the Lord.”

Jesus-on-CrossOur thoughts center on the cross while partaking of the Lord’s Supper each Sunday morning.  We can read the gospel accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion, or contemplate whether or not our lives are demonstrating our appreciation for that great sacrifice.  We can think of the words to beautiful hymns like “The Old Rugged Cross.”  Several years ago I heard a preacher suggest the idea to mentally go through the alphabet and think of words that have to do with our Savior’s death, burial, and resurrection.  “A” could be “atonement or arose.”  “B” could be “blood.”  “C” could be “cross, Christ, crucifixion, crown of thorns,” etc.

The purpose of this Bible-marking topic is to have various passages ready to read during the Lord’s Supper.  Because the contemplation time is usually brief, I would suggest dividing the verses into categories.  That way you can turn directly to what you want to focus on instead of going through the whole string of verses.  In the front of your Bible, this topic might look like this:

The Lord’s Supper

  • Commands- Matt. 26:26-28
  • Crucifixion- Psalm 22
  • Passover Lamb- John 1:29
  • Blessings- Rom. 8
  • Self-examination- Heb. 10:19-31

For each sub-topic, turn to the verse listed, and then write the next verse at the end of that passage, and so on.  Here are some suggested verses for each sub-topic.  You can keep adding your own as you come across them.

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Commands

  • -Mark 14:22-24
  • -Luke 22:14-20
  • -Acts 20:7
  • -1 Cor. 10:14-17
  • -1 Cor. 11:23-29

Crucifixion

  • Isaiah 53
  • Matt. 27 & 28
  • Mark 15 & 16
  • Luke 23:1-24:12
  • John 19:1-20:20

Passover Lamb

  • Heb. 10:1-14
  • 1 Cor. 5:6-8
  • 1 Pet. 1:17-21
  • Rev. 5
  • Rev. 7:9-17

Blessings (because of the cross)

  • Eph. 1:7-22
  • Col. 1:13,14
  • Heb. 4:14-16
  • 1 Pet. 1:1-9
  • 2 Pet. 1:1-4
  • 1 John 1:7

Self-examination

  • Phil. 2:5-16
  • Col. 3
  • Tit. 2:11-14
  • Heb. 10:19-31
  • 1 Pet. 2:21-25
  • 1 John 3:16-24

Johnson Kell presented the communion talk this past Sunday morning.  He will be either 93 or 94 years old this summer.  On the way home from worship, my son Dale said, “I think it’s neat that Brother Kell gets teary-eyed when talking about the cross.  He’s taken the Lord’s Supper for so many years, but it still means something to him.”  My husband Neal replied, “Perhaps it’s because he’s taken it for so many years.  He has grown to appreciate it more and more.”

Kathy Pollard
Kathy is married to Neal, whom she met at Faulkner University.  Neal preaches for the Bear Valley church of Christ in Denver, CO.  They have three sons–Gary, Dale, and Carl.  Kathy has enjoyed several short-term mission trips to Ukraine, Tanzania, and Cambodia.  She’s an instructor in the Women’s Program at the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver, and one of the directors of Higher Ground Encampment, a Bible camp for teen girls.

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5 Responses so far.

  1. Amanda says:

    What a good idea! I always feel like in the short time allowed for communion (we have a small congregation, it doesn’t take long), while I’m baby-wrangling, I get very little actual self-examination or remembrance done. At least getting a couple of verses read would help, though I really feel like part of the problem is that we don’t devote enough time and attention to the Lord’s Supper.

    Oh, but I think there may be an error – the section on self-examination says to begin at Heb. 10:19-21, and then it repeats the same scripture reference down lower in the chain.

  2. I’m looking forward to studying through this again. Thanks for your work.

  3. Laura Warnes says:

    Thank you, Kathy! Love it when you share your Bible marking suggestions! This motivates me so much, and I appreciate you very much!!