The Sense of Hearing

1. Background

This communion lesson is the first of four parts. The Passover was created with the intent to appeal to each of our 5 senses so that the remembrance of the Exodus would be enhanced & optimized. These 4 lessons should be presented in sequence in a 4-5 week period of time.

Below you can view the accompanying Powerpoint. You can also download it: Passover Week 1 Hearing


Matthew 26:26-30
During the meal, Jesus took and blessed the bread, broke it, and gave it to his disciples: Take, eat. This is my body. Taking the cup and thanking God, he gave it to them: Drink this, all of you. This is my blood, God’s new covenant poured out for many people for the forgiveness of sins. “I’ll not be drinking wine from this cup again until that new day when I’ll drink with you in the kingdom of my Father.” They sang a hymn and went directly to Mount Olives.”

2. Introduction

Over the next 4 weeks we will examine the cross with our 5 senses.

In the Old Testament, God provided “The Meal”, the Passover Meal as an annual reminder of his great miracle of Jewish salvation.

This was to be celebrated for all time by the people of God.

Yet Jesus adjusted it and replaced it with his own personalization of the Passover.

He referred to it as his Last Supper.

We call it the Lord’s Supper, or Communion.

But Old Testament scholars have long been amazed at God’s ingenious Passover memorial.

See, in the Passover God sharpens our memory by appealing to all 5 of our senses.

  • The sense of hearing:

 As we participate in the Passover meal, we hear the story of the Exodus, the plagues and the miracles of God.

  • The sense of sight:

We see the animal, we see the food we are cooking, we see the herbs.

  • The sense of touch:

We use our fingers to touch the food as we eat. We feel the texture of each type of food.

We are reminded that each type of food represents a specific part of the Exodus account.

  • The senses of Taste and Smell:

We actively smell each food and drink as we participate.

We notice that some foods are sweet – reminding us of the sweetness of salvation.

Some are bitter, to remind us of the horrible life in Egypt – so that we won’t look back with any sense of fond reminiscing

And some are just tasty – satisfying us fully.

April 5 (or whatever date works out for your Seder Service)

On April 5th, we are going to have a very special event, a Jewish Seder Passover Communion Service.

Imagine this auditorium looking more like a banquet than a movie theater.

Imagine 50 round banquet tables.

Imagine 10 people seated at each table

And a Passover Plate in the middle of the table.

There will be a presentation at the pulpit, but there will also be several opportunities to discuss the various aspects of the Passover meal that Jesus and the 12 celebrated on that fateful night before his death.

The music will be more Jewish

And this is going to be a fantastic opportunity to invite our friends to church.

You know, those friends who are never able to come to church because they have their own church – but you see how they live, and you really want them to have a relationship with God.

Invite them to this! à They will love it.

This will be truly unique and memorable!

In the same way that God designed the Passover, the Lord’s Supper is a similar meal.

It is designed to thoroughly remind us of Jesus.

We hear the message of the cross

We see the red juice – to remind us of the crimson blood of Christ.

We touch the bread to remind us of the flesh of Christ.

His body was a physical body that was physically tortured  and torn to shreds for me.

We smell and taste the Bread and the Wine that remind us that we are internalizing the message of Christ.

As Colossians 1:27 says, Christ is IN US!

In this first week, we focus on the sense of Hearing.

When you think of the Last Supper and the Passion, what sounds come to mind? (Close your eyes and listen.)

3. SLOWLY READ EACH ITEM PLUS ONE SECOND PAUSE

The sound of the breaking of the bread

The disciples arguing, à who is the greatest.

The mumbling among the 12 à “Who is the betrayer”

The last hymn before going to Gethsemane

The snoring of the 3 closest friends

The cries of Jesus prayers – loud enough to awaken the 3 at times

The rythmic sound of marching feet as the soldiers approach 

The soft sound of Judas kiss on Christ’s cheek

The calm voice of Christ “Friend, do what you came for”

The slash of Peter’s sword through the air,

     followed by the painful cry of Malchus.

The tears of joy and amazement

     as Malchus feels his severed ear has truly been replaced –

     and the pain is gone.

The metal shackles being placed on Jesus as he is arrested.

The pounding footsteps of the disciples fleeing the scene

The questioning of the High Priest

The rough sound of the High Priest tearing his robes

The spitting sounds as numerous watchers spit in Jesus face

The striking of fists and slapping of hands against Jesus face

The crackling of the fire as Peter warms his hands –

     just prior to the questions of the small girl.

The rooster’s piercing crow –

     followed by the bitter weeping of Jesus closest friend

The chiming of 30 pieces of silver being thrown onto a marble floor –

      as Judas runs away with all hope lost

The sound of silence –

     as Jesus refuses to answer the accusations

     of the elders and even Pilate

The thunderous roar of the crowds,

     Give us Barabbas, Give us Barabbas, Give us Barabbas

The dripping of water

     as Pilate pours water over his hands

     to free himself of guilt

and many more sounds –

     as Jesus is flogged and crucified.

He who has ears, let him hear!

4. Upward Call

Let’s thank God that we can hear these sounds and be reminded of the Cross.

As we pray…

Listen the sound of the breaking bread

Listen to the sound of the juice being swallowed

5. Prayer for Bread and Wine

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