READ: Matthew 26:26-30/LUKE 22:14-21
The hour had come. It was the day of Passover. Jesus had celebrated this feast each year to celebrate that great day when God released and set free the children of Israel who were in bondage to Egypt. The Passover was a time to remember that great moment when God acted on behalf of the children of Israel, gave them victory over their enemy, and changed their destiny, from enslaved to free. Only on this Passover, things were about to change forever.
The disciples had prepared the Passover and Jesus sat down with them at the table. The great I AM, who was with Moses and the children of Israel, who did great wonders and preserved those who had applied the blood of the lamb to the doorposts and lintels of each home, was right there with the disciples.
Instead of providing another animal to set the Jewish people free, Jesus was the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the whole world. Rather than celebrating the great I AM’s power over Egypt, this day was a day that Jesus would celebrate with His disciples the defeat over Satan and the kingdom of darkness.
In this holy moment, Jesus transfers the meaning of the Passover from the Old Covenant of the body and blood of the lamb, into the New Covenant of His body and His blood, sacrificed once and for all (Hebrews 7:27, 10:10). At this moment, Jesus would change the destiny for all those who would believe in Him.
As Jesus lifted the bread, He gave thanks and broke it saying, “This is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me” (Mattthew 22:19). Jesus then took the cup and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you” (Matthew 22:20). Did you get that? His body was broken for YOU. His blood was shed for YOU. Jesus was personal with His disciples and He is personal with you. His body and blood was given and spilled for your salvation, your restoration, your deliverance, your healing, your peace, your rest, and for all of your needs. No one took the life of Jesus; He willingly gave up His life, for YOU.
The disciples, including the apostle Paul, obeyed the command of Jesus to celebrate the last supper of Jesus, in order to remember the power of the cross and the benefits that His body and blood offer. The apostle Paul said that He received from the Lord Jesus how and why to conduct the Lord’s Supper. It is to remember Jesus and to proclaim His death, until Jesus comes back (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
How practical and how powerful it is to remember Jesus when partaking of the Lord’s Supper. Have you received all of the benefits that come from receiving Jesus? Has partaking the Lord’s Supper become a religious act or an outward motion instead of an act of faith, thanksgiving, and expectation from the Lord? He was broken for you. He shed His innocent blood for you. May you grow closer to Jesus because of the New Covenant that Jesus declared. May it cause you to worship Him and have sweet fellowship and communion with your Savior.