(14) And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. (15) And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
(19) And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. (20) Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.Luke 22:14,15 19,20
The disciples had prepared the passover meal. The table was set, and the appointed time had come. When we get to verse 14, we read, “And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.” They were certainly about to partake in this passover meal, which was typically enjoyed together with family members. This certainly would have been a time that felt different than other passover meals that the disciples had experienced before. Even Jesus expressed this in verse 15.
“(15) And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer”
The Bible is clear, and Jesus was transparent when he expressed that He did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it. Jesus was sitting at a Passover table, but He began to institute something different here at what we call the Lord’s table. He was communicating something about this meal at this table that pictured something other than just looking back at the Exodus. Look at what He said in verse 19.
(19) And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you
He also took the cup.
(20) Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
He was telling them that this meal was not just about something historical. It’s not just about the children of Israel. It’s about Jesus. And then he gave them this ordinance in verse 19:
“this do in remembrance of me.”
Jesus was about to suffer and die for them, and not just for them, but for the sin of the whole world. The apostle Paul spoke of this when He said that He received from the Lord the importance of keeping this ordinance as a local church.
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: (24) And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. (25) After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. (26) For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.1 Corinthians 11:23-26
When we partake of the Lord’s table, we do so to remember the redemption that was secured for us. We remember the body that was broken and the blood that was shed so that we can know our sins are forgiven. Peter said this in 1 Peter 1:18-19
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; (19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (20) Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, (21) Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.1 Peter 1:18-21
We must remember and trust in the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ that purchased our redemption.
- Is your hope in yourself, or God?
- Is your hope in some religious experience, or in the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ!