26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”
27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, ” all of you, drink from it,
28 because this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
30 And when they had sung praises, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
31 Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me tonight. Because it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
32 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.”
33 Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” 34 Jesus said to him, “Honestly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny knowing me three times.”
35 Peter said to him, “Even if I have to die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.
the symbolic supper
Did the disciples realize the significance of the bread and wine they had that night? The ritual of the Lord’s Supper is repeated often by his followers today. Do we dare dwell on the terrible suffering and death of our Savior? We must. That event was the turning point in a universe which had veered out of control. Like the Passover before it, the Lord’s Supper represented the promise and certainty of a rescue that the LORD was accomplishing for his people. The symbols would be pondered for ages to come, but the significance was found in a bruised, bloody body dying on a cross. The firstborn gave up his life so that all of us would have a chance for God’s promised future. The sinless sacrifice would go to the altar, even as his own disciples scattered in fear.
Come to the table often. Eat that bread, and drink from that cup, and be thankful that he chose to sacrifice himself for you.
LORD, thank you for taking that cup of suffering. Thank you for laying your life down so that we can have a future eternal life.