Walking with Jesus: Tuesday
Read the Passage: Mark 14:22–25
Communion was always a difficult thing for me to enjoy. I understood, on paper, what the bread and grape juice symbolized. The blood of Jesus. The body of Jesus. But everything was just so weird.
What does that really mean? How does the juice symbolize the blood of Jesus? How is the bread the body of Christ?
I was more concerned with when I could actually eat the bread. Or drink the juice. Do I wait? And where do I put the cup after?
In today’s passage, Jesus and His disciples are together for one last meal.
But it’s not just dinner. It’s Passover. If you remember, the Passover was a celebratory meal. It was a moment to remember God’s saving hand from the tenth and final plague in Egypt.
And as Jesus and His closest friends are eating, Jesus takes the familiar elements of the the Passover dinner and links the bread and the wine to the death that Jesus will die in a matter of days.
Mark 14:22–24- And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it, broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
Why is the Passover meal so important for us now?
Pastor Sam summarizes it well: The Lord’s Supper reminds us of this very important thought: the ultimate sacrifice of Christ
The Ultimate Sacrifice of Christ
We are to understand the truth that Jesus fulfilled the symbolism represented in the Passover meal as the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) The blood on the doorposts (Exodus 12:7–13) points us directly to the shedding of Jesus’ blood on the cross. Without the sacrifice of Christ, God looks upon the world and He sees a people who are wholly undeserving.
But because of the ultimate sacrifice of Christ, God now sees His sons and daughters — covered with the blood of His son by faith.
Could you and I take the time tonight to pray about the following things?
Can we take some time to think about the sacrifice of Christ and the rewards you and I reap because of Christ?
Can we pray to be continually reminded of Christ’s work of forgiveness and salvation? Can we repent and ask for help in living a life of gratitude to God?