"Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, 'Take it; this is my body.' Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them... 'This is my blood... poured out for many.'"
Yet Jesus chose the setting of a final shared meal to comfort and calm them, reinforcing past lessons about His Father’s kingdom. Having washed their feet, He bade them sit down to a highly symbolic meal, passing them broken bits of bread, pouring wine into cups held in trembling hands. Then this gentle host gave them a glimpse into heaven itself, assuring them that though He must leave them, He would return one day, “that you also may be where I am.”
How amazing that all Christ’s true followers share in this comforting promise! One day, we will join those same disciples at another meal, the Marriage Feast of the Lamb. And this time there will be no confusion, fear or anxiety…only the joyous reunion of God and His family.
HE THE PEARLY GATES WILL OPEN SO THAT I MAY ENTER IN; FOR HE PURCHASED MY REDEMPTION AND FORGAVE ME ALL MY SIN.
(FREDERICK A. BLOM, 1917)
Bible In A Year
- 2 Kings 11-12
- Proverbs 16
- 1 Peter 4-5