April 9 | Luke 22:19-20
“Then He took bread, after giving things, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which has been given for you, do this in remembrance of Me.” And likewise the cup after they ate, saying, “This is the cup of the new covenant in My blood which is poured out for you.” (Luke 22:19–20)
When people know they will do something significant, they sometimes make allusions to what’s about to happen. Those around them have no idea. Then when it happens, everyone looks back with amazement. It’s almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Jesus alluded to the death he would die for the disciples then and throughout history. He knew that his body and blood would be sacrificed for you. So when he instituted his Supper, he wanted you to remember his sacrifice.
Such simple elements, the bread and wine, easily found in any first century household, became points of remembrance. Every time a disciple looks at bread and wine (or grape juice for some), the pain of that day and its victory bought with such a heavy price come to the forefront of our minds.
Jesus’ blood was poured out on those wooden posts for you. His anguish and suffering had its purpose in you knowing him today. His body was broken for you. Strained to the limits of each ligament and sinew, Jesus gave himself wholly for your salvation.
Action Step: On this Holy Thursday, remember the sacrifice Jesus paid on the cross for you. His body was broken, the stripes on his back for your healing. His blood was poured out for the salvation of your soul. Praise him for his indescribable gift.
Jesus, I remember you as my Passover Lamb today. I don’t want to hurry through my remembrance. I want to take my time and think of all of your blessings poured out for me. Thank you for your death and all it brings me.