Matthew 26:26-30: 26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” 27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 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 from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” 30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
What we need to know about this sacrament is right here. Jesus took bread and wine and gave it to his disciples and said, “This is my body…this is my blood.” We receive in the Lord’s Supper is true body and blood with the bread and wine with this promise, “for the forgiveness of sins.” In this way, Jesus brings his forgiveness to us personally and in a tangible way. Why would we ever pass up an opportunity to partake of this sacrament?
He says that the wine is “my blood of the covenant.” Read Jeremiah 31:31-34 for the new covenant. Under the old covenant, the covenant on Sinai, God said, “Obey me and do everything I command you, and you will be my people and I will be your God” (Jeremiah 11:4). In the new covenant which God promises through the Messiah in Jeremiah 31: 31-34, he never makes his relationship with his people conditional on what they do. He tells us what he will do. He uses the pronoun “I” over and over again. And the bottom line in verse 34 is, “I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sin no more.” In the Lord’s Supper, we see that it is what God does that is important, and not what we do. We are the recipients of his grace and favor through the body and blood of Jesus.
One last thing. Jesus says he won’t drink of the fruit of the vine with us until he eats and drinks with us in his Father’s kingdom. The Lord’s Supper is a foretaste of the fellowship we have in Christ and with each other, which we will perfectly enjoy in heaven. Again, why would we ever pass up an opportunity to partake of this sacrament?
Prayer: Praise the Lord, oh my soul. Let all that is within me praise his holy name! Thank you, dear Jesus, for all your suffering and for your determination to do the will of our Father. I pray that I will never take even one little sin lightly, knowing that you had to suffer for them all. Amen.