Mark 14:12-26 NIV
The Last Supper
12 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 13 So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. 14 Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 16 The disciples left, went into the city, and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. 17 When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. 18 While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.” 19 They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me?” 20 “It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me. 21 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” 22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” 23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. 25 “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” 26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
What new meaning did Jesus give to the Passover bread and wine?
Jesus attached the significance of His bodily sacrifice to the Passover bread and wine. Prior to Jesus dying on the cross the bread represented the affliction of the forefathers in Egypt and the wine represented freedom from Egyptian rule. With Jesus sacrificing His own body and shedding his own blood, He is instituting a new convent between God and man.
Lord, there is no way I can even begin to understand why you would sacrifice yourself for me and All mankind. Your love is so beyond amazing and so powerful, how do I begin to thank you except to say I am yours, heart, mind, and soul. You created a new covenant with man and gave us the most precious gift of all, Redemption from my sins that put you on that cross and the promise of eternal life with you. I pray for your continuous mercy that is new every day and that you always find in me a clean spirit and a renewed heart that I may serve you and give glory to your name. Keep me humble and obedient to your call on my life. Amen
Today’s prayer submitted by Jo Schneider