Time was running short. Jesus, of course, knew the events that lay ahead–but His disciples did not have a clue. Judas had already made a deal with the Jewish elite to betray Jesus. So, as they began the Passover feast, Jesus began preparing His men for the betrayal, and preparing them for what was about to change. It was probably clear that Jesus was hated by the religious leaders. No one would have thought, however, that they would intentionally try to end the life of God’s Messiah.
Jesus knew, however. He watched these men; picked to lead the Church after his death and resurrection,and while He knew they would be OK, He also knew what was to come would be difficult for them and horrendous for Him. Still, He soldiered on and blessed them that night. He called Judas out, He prepped Peter for his denial of Jesus, and Jesus let the rest know that, after He was gone, they needed to remember the communion they shared with Him.
In our lives, we attend our various congregations, and every so often, usually the 1st Sunday of the month, we take communion in remembrance of that last supper. His body broken for us, His blood shed for us. He was separated from God, albeit only briefly, for the 1st and only time throughout eternity. He was tortured, killed and discredited–all for us. So, as we pause, ever so quickly to take communion–we need to examine our lives and ask the question, was Jesus sacrifice for me, enough. The answer is technically yes, but, it must be a yes for each of us, personally.
He gave all He could give to restore what had been taken by man’s sin. We are called to accept our Lord’s gift, follow His lead and allow Jesus to transform us into His image; from the day we receive Him until His return.
God Bless You
18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve.21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”
22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”
23 Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 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.”
25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”
Jesus answered, “You have said so.”
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[b]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.