It’s Jesus’ final week on earth. He’s sharing one last meal with his disciples.
Here’s what he said, according to multiple eyewitnesses:
When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “Take and eat, this is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “Drink from it all of you. This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
(Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:14-20)
Jesus words echoed those of the Prophet Jeremiah, spoken hundreds of years before:
“The days are coming,”
declares the LORD,
“when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
and the people of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant
I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they broke my covenant,
though I was a husband to them,”
declares the LORD.
“I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be there God,
and they will be my people.
No longer will they
teach their neighbor,
or say to one another,
‘Know the LORD,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them
to the greatest,”
declares the LORD.
“For I will forgive
and will remember their sins
Jesus gave his body and poured out his blood for us, for the forgiveness of our sins.
Never ever ever ever ever ever forget.
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