While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.
As the disciples gather with Jesus to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, they have no idea that it is the last night that Jesus would be alive. They don’t understand the significance of this particular Passover feast as they celebrate it with Jesus.
There is significance that Jesus would thank God for the food as was discussed in yesterday’s devotion. But for the Christian, this is more of an example of how we ought to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
The Lord’s Supper is a part of the Passover feast. The disciples have already eaten and without a doubt, thanks was given for this food. As Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper, He doesn’t offer thanks for the food but offers thanks as an example for His disciples to follow later. We are reminded to give thanks for the bread and wine as they are symbols of Jesus’ sacrifice.
Jesus’ body was afflicted in many ways. He was beaten and whipped. He was spat upon. A crown of thorns was jammed on His head. And finally He was raised up on a cross for a death so painful that the Romans had determined it was not suitable for anyone who was a Roman citizen, regardless of how vile they were.
As Jesus’ blood was poured out, His very life drained away. It is through His blood that our sins are forgiven. All of the Old Testament sacrifices point to this.
As we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we should do so with thanksgiving for the great sacrifice of Jesus – His body that was broken and His blood that was shed.