READ Luke 22:17-20
The Passover meal was not just any meal in Jewish culture. It was the day in which Israel looked back and remembered the time God spared them from death in His divine mercy. As Israel (in the book of Exodus) obeyed God’s command, slaughtered a lamb without blemish, and painted their doorposts with its blood, God spared their household from the plague of death. When God saw the blood of the lamb, He passed over them in mercy.
And it’s this meal that Jesus sits down to eat with His friends. As Jesus and His twelve friends recline at the supper table, Jesus reaches for the unleavened Passover bread. He breaks it. Crumbs fall in His lap and around his place setting at the table. As He passes it to His friends and encourages them to do the same, the bread is broken – again and again and again. Finally broken in a dozen pieces, Jesus says these sobering words: This is my body, given for you.
Jesus then reaches for the glass of wine – a communal cup, filed with bold and dark red wine. He passes it to His friends and tell them to drink it – every single one of them. Everyone takes a drink until the cup is drained. And Jesus tells them: “This cup is the new covenant of my blood, which is poured out for you.”
Jesus is fulfilling the age-old promise of God to pass over in mercy those who bear the blood of the lamb. And He is promising to be that Lamb. Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, will bear the undeserved suffering of the cross so that His friends – and you and I – can experience the mercy of God and freedom from the bondage of sin.
Spend some time reflecting on the sacrifice of Christ. Thank God that He provided a way, through His Son, for death to pass over you. Thank Him for His mercy.