THE LAST SUPPER
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the* covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
What a week! So much had happened, it seemed like just a blur of fast moving events. There was the raising of Lazarus from the dead, the anointing of Jesus by Mary of Bethany, the foot washing performed by the Lord. But there was one event that stood out above all others. It started out as just another passover meal, something these jewish disciples had done every year all of their lives, but this time was different. Passover would never be the same again. As Jesus broke the bread, He said “This is my body, given for you.” The He took the wine and said, “This is is the new covenant in my blood”. No stranger words had ever been spoken. Somehow what He said reminded them of John the Baptist’s prophesy, “Behold the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.” That week, thousands of lambs would be sacrificed for the sins of the people by the priests at the temple. Is that what Jesus was talking about? Was He somehow their sacrificial lamb? Was His death somehow connected to His strange phrase, the new covenant? So many questions, not many answers. They would not understand until after Jesus died and He began to open up their understanding. They, like the people of Jerusalem, had their focus on a messiah who would fix everything in this life, get rid of the Roman oppressors, heal their bodies, fix their economy. Nobody was thinking about a spiritual kingdom. Sound familiar? We have been bombarded over the past few years with “itching ears preachers” promising our best life now with no thought or preparation for the spiritual kingdom that Jesus came to establish. It would do us good to go back to this passover meal often. Let Him paint the picture of this scene on the tables of our heart. Remember the words of this, our sacrificed lamb. “Take, eat, this is my body given for you. Drink of it, all of you, for this is the blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins”.