As we continue our journey to the cross, many things happen today
- The disciples gather for the last time with Jesus.
- Jesus institutes Communion
- Jesus gives his disciples a new commandment.
- Jesus is betrayed and arrested.
- Peter denies Jesus in the early hours of Friday morning.
In a way, each one of these are commemorated on this day. If you read the previous post, communion on this day is a time of remembering — just as the Jewish people remembered how God brought them out of Egypt — we remember how the suffering of Jesus on the cross brings us out of our life of sin.
23 For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread 24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” 25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.” 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
Tonight as we partake in communion, we will remember how Jesus saved us by his blood. And when we remember that we can take comfort in the words of the Psalmist:
12 What can I offer the Lord
for all he has done for me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
and praise the Lord’s name for saving me.
14 I will keep my promises to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.
15 The Lord cares deeply
when his loved ones die.
16 O Lord, I am your servant;
yes, I am your servant, born into your household;
you have freed me from my chains.
17 I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people—
19 in the house of the Lord
in the heart of Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!
Spend today, as you are able, remembering what Christ has done for you.