Word for the day Christian Education Forum
Passover Thursday, Holy Communion, Banquet of Survival
While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the[b] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Vs 26-28
The Passover was considered to be the most sacred feast of the Jewish religious year. It celebrated the deliverance of Israel from bondage. The Last Supper was the last meal Jesus ate with His disciples before His betrayal and arrest. It was more than Jesus’ last meal since it was also a Passover meal. Jesus used the Last Supper to give a new meaning to the Passover — the Lamb of God, sacrificed to set us free from sin.
So, why do we believers observe the Lord’s Supper? This passage gives two simple reasons. First, to remember what the Lord has done for us. Second, participate in the celebration of life by affirming our faith.
To remember: Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper as a memorial of the deliverance from sin. The bread and the cup constantly remind us of the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross so that we could be forgiven and have eternal life. We partake to remember what He did for all of humanity.
To participate. We observe the Lord’s Supper to corporately affirm our faith and proclaim to the world that Jesus is the only way of salvation. By participating together in the Lord’s Supper, we express our unity. Participation also involves personal examination of our life, and our walk with our Lord. We are also looking forward to that time when we will celebrate with Him at His great banquet table.
Our Loving God, thank you for the Passover lamb, which takes away the sins of the world. When we partake in the Lord’s supper, help us to remember that Jesus died for our sins and to proclaim to the world that Jesus is the only way of salvation. Amen!
Thought for the day
The Lord’s Supper not only is a reminder of our Lord’s sacrifice for our sins but also a reminder of His promise to return and share His kingdom and blessings with us.
Dr. Saji Thomas
MTC of Greater Washington, MD.