22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”
23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
24 “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. 25 “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
This account of Jesus’ life explains what is about to take place and why Jesus came to earth in the first place. The reference to Jesus breaking the bread resembles his broken body and the suffering he endured on our behalf, and the wine represents His blood that was shed on our behalf for our sins. By commemorating the Holy Communion, we remind ourselves of the high price Jesus paid on the cross for us so that we can now be called children of God. It’s not because of what we have done that renders us redeemed but it’s because of what Jesus have done that makes us co-heirs with Christ. Receive this amazing gift, accept it, live it out and share it with others (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- Why are you personally grateful for Jesus’ crucifixion?
- What does this passage tell you about God and Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
PRAY FOR GOD’S KINGDOM TO COME The simplest prayer can be the most powerful: “Your Kingdom Come, Your Will be done, On earth as in heaven”.