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.”
Comment: Passover was a feast to relive a past experience. It celebrated the end of slavery in Egypt and the beginning of a journey to the Promised Land. It was about a slaughtered lamb and sprinkled blood – the Lamb to be eaten and the blood to be painted on the doors of the Jews’ abodes. This day Jesus added deeper meaning to it. He fulfilled the example which this had meant to be to the partakers over the centuries. It recalled delivery from slavery to sin; He was the Lamb of God about to be slain the next day. The eating symbolises taking on board into our very living His teaching; His blood, symbolised by the wine being shared, was the means of appeasing God’s anger and Judgement of sin. Not painted on our doors but believed into our very being. Today we are given the meaning of tomorrow’s death.
Prayer: Make Your word plain to me, please, O God.