And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 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.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this. Luke 22:14-23 ESV
Further Scripture Reading: Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25
In a beautiful symbolic moment, Jesus shared with His disciples, His closest friends, the forthcoming sacrifice of Himself as the fulfillment of the Passover lamb and the blood shed to keep death away – forever.
This intimate dinner among brothers was full of history, tradition, and who they were as a Jewish people, but it also symbolized the grace, mercy, and sacrificial love of the Teacher and Friend they had grown to cherish.
Jesus breaks the unleavened bread – symbolizing no sin – and foretelling of His body that would be tortured during the crucifixion.
Then Christ blesses one of the four cups of wine during a Passover meal (scholars believe it was the third cup of the meal which symbolized redemption/salvation and blessing), and proclaims the new covenant – salvation through the spilling of His blood, the sacrificial Lamb.
Oh how much Jesus loves us! Today, let us take a few moments to read these verses and say a prayer of thanks for His sacrificial love.
Father, thank You for loving us enough to send Your only Son. Jesus, thankYou for Your obedience to the Father in giving Your life as the sacrificial lamb needed to remove sin. Lord, there are no words to express our awe or how humbled we feel to be Your children. Thank You Jesus for Your love. Amen.