The Lord’s Supper – Hallel Psalms

The Lord’s Supper – Hallel Psalms

This weekend we will be observing the Lord’s Supper during the morning service.  When we observe the Lord’s Supper we are looking back at the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross and looking forward to His return (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

One thing we want to avoid is to approach the Lord’s Supper without having taken time to reflect on the Lord’s sacrifice.  Jesus shed his blood on the cross to bring about our redemption and provide for us eternal life.  Below are a few scriptures that you can use to read and reflect on as we approach Sunday.

Isaiah 52:13-53

Luke 22:7-23

1 Corinthians 5:7-8, 11:17-34

One additional suggestion is to read and to reflect on the Hallel Psalms.  The Hallel Psalms are Psalms 113-118.  The Hebrew word “hallel” means praise and is the word that we get the familiar “Hallelujah” from.  These six psalms were either read or sung when the Jews celebrated the Passover.  They would use Psalms 113-14 before they ate the Passover meal and then 115-118 after the meal.

It is interesting to note that when Jesus and the disciples finished the Passover meal, that they all “sung a hymn” (Matt.26:30; Mark 14:26).  Most scholars suggest that it is very likely that Jesus, being a very devout Jew, used the Hallel Psalms at this time.  Reading Psalm 118 in particular is interesting to read in light of Jesus betrayal and crucifixion that would occur hours later.  Psalm 118:22 is also quoted later in Matt. 21:42 and Acts 4:11.

May the Lord bless you as you take time to read and reflect this week on our Lord’s sacrifice.

Blessings,

Pastor Steven