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”.

6 Replies to “THE LAST SUPPER”

  1. such a marvalous salvation! I ask myselve am i livind a reserrected life foer today and i pray to do that very thing if the lord lives inside us we all will you can count on that,he became our lamb now he is our king, king of kings lord of lords no matter what happens he is with us.

  2. Human beings pride ourselves as the most intelligent life on this planet yet how very small we think! Just in days of old we look to a messiah who would fix everything we could not fix ourselves. Yet we are satisfied with so little. Here is the one and only God that created everything that is, that upholds the universe by the word of His power and we want Him to get rid of our oppressors of this world, heal our bodies, and fix our economy so that we can go about our human lives more comfortable in this earthly kingdom, how sad.
    Lord, open my eyes to the enormousy (my word) of what you did. You freed me from the oppression of sin, healed my body and fixed my economy, (priorities), that I may live in the heavenly kingdom now, (spiritual kingdom). WOW!!!!!!! Now that’s what I talking about – that’s my King!!!!!!!

  3. Thank you my beloved brother in Christ, Mark Planchard, for your Happy Rebirthday congratulatory wish. YES- Ten years ago today I was rescued by my awesome Lord and the Holy Spirit. It was and is the most important day of my life. More important than my original birth into sin.More important than the anniversary of my beloved wife in Christ, Kim, who herself was reborn subsequent to mine. More important than any event in my life and it should be because it allows me to declare it is not about me and my blessings but but about freeing me to give my all and all Praise and Glory to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Looking forward to Our Annual Prodigal Son Celebration too.

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