And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
This is my favorite reading of the Lord’s Supper.
I look at it and see Jesus and the disciples eating a Passover meal. I’m sure Jesus quoted scripture and all of them thought of that night thousands of years earlier in Egypt when each household sacrificed a lamb and put its blood on the doorposts of the house. They ate unleavened bread.
Jesus then turns from the lamb on the table and talks about the Lamb of God – Himself.
As they eat unleavened bread, He tells them of the true Bread come down from heaven.
The Paschal lamb was the old covenant and His blood is the new covenant.
While the Passover lamb is sacrificed year after year, His blood is shed once and for all for the remission of sin.
Years later, Paul would give us more diving insight into the Communion of the Lord. (1 Cor 11:23-33)
In his teaching, Paul reveals the words “do this in remembrance of Me.”
When you take the Lord’s supper you should remember.
Remember what He did for you – He gave His life for your salvation.
Remember Who you belong to – Jesus! You are bought with a price.
And remember where you are heading – heaven to be with the Lord!