When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”
What would it have been like to recline at a table with Jesus and hear him speak the words recorded in this passage?
What would your reaction have been to hear Jesus say his body is “given for you” and that his blood is “poured out for you”?
What do you feel as you read these words today, knowing about Jesus’ death by crucifixion?
Oh, Lord, I read these words and place myself at the table with Jesus and my heart breaks and soars at the same time. Thank you for the reminder in your Word, Lord, that you were here with us, sitting at a table, eating bread, drinking wine. Thank you for the reminder that you gave your body and your blood so that I could come to know you, your love, and your grace. I don’t want to forget or become insensitive to the sacrifice you made and the extent to which you intervened in this world to restore us. I don’t want to forget that you keep your promises. I am relying on them, Lord.
Go A Little Deeper:
Review Hebrews 8:1-10:18 to understand the difference between the “old covenant” and the “new covenant.”