The aim of this devotional study is to consider and commemorate the New Covenant in Christ.
14 And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. 15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”
Observation and Reflection
Note: This last Passover meal Jesus celebrated with his disciples the evening crucifixion. The feast was instituted by God (Exodus 12) after God delivered the Hebrews from Egypt, when the Angel of Death killed the first-born of the Egyptians but “passed over” the Hebrews who smeared the blood of a lamb on their doorposts.
- Reflect on Jesus emotions and comments before instituting the Lord’s Supper as symbol of the New Covenant. What do you understand in each of these phrases? (v15-16)
- “I have earnestly desired”
- “to eat … with you”
- “before I suffer”
- “…until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God” (see also v 18)
- Jesus and his disciples ate a Passover Lamb with unleavened bread that evening and had wine (among other traditional food and herbs). Can you recall the symbolism in these?
- What is the symbolic significance of Jesus instituting his New Covenant Sign (“the Lord’s Supper”) in the evening when the Passover meal was celebrated?
- Reflect in Jesus’s institution of the Lord’s Supper. What does each of these symbolically refer to? And what does it mean for you? (v19-20)
- “he took the bread and… he broke it”
- “he gave it to them”
- “This cup [what was in it?]”
- “Is poured out for you”
- What do you understand in the phrase “the New Covenant in my blood”? (v20)
- What covenant does it replace?
- Why does it require blood? [You might want to revisited the previous blog sessions on Covenant to recall]
- Why has this single meal become a symbolic element in Christian worship world-wide? [hint: consider verse 19]
Application and Prayer
Prepare communion elements for yourself, or if you can do this with your family or a close friend it would be better. [Unleavened bread/ wafers is ideal because of the symbolism: Jesus’ sinless body was broken]. As you partake of the Lord’s Table together, pray through each element:
- Thank God that He gave Jesus’ body
- Thank God the His Body was broken on our behalf, so that you can be healed
- As you eat declare that He is Your Bread of Life
- Thank God that Jesus Blood was poured of for the forgiveness of your sins, and that you are reconciled to God because of it.
- As you drink declare that this blood is the fulfillment of covenant requirements on your behalf, and that you identify with the death and resurrection of Christ. The life is in the Blood!