While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
In the days leading to Jesus’ crucifixion, Jesus and his disciples stopped to have the Passover meal. Jesus took some of the bread, and broke it, and said, “Take, eat, this is My body.” Then He took a cup of wine, and told His disciples, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
This was something new; something different. No longer was the meal symbolizing the Passover from Egypt; no longer was it symbolizing a lamb, and their hurriedly-baked bread. Jesus was saying that this symbolizes the NEW covenant that God was making with mankind, which will bring about the forgiveness of their sins. The sacrifice of that covenant would not be with the blood of a lamb, like it was in the Passover; it was going to be in Jesus’ blood, with the sacrifice of His body.
God’s love for us is so great that he made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live forever with him one day. Salvation was granted to us because of his shed blood and broken body. Take time to remember God’s sacrifice and what it means to you.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your perfect sacrifice. Help me never to forget your body that was broken and your blood that was shed so I can live forever with you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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