Thursday, April 21, 2011

Day 44: Last supper - Luke 22:14-23

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 until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “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, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!” They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.

The Lord’s Supper was the last meal the disciples had with Jesus before he was crucified. Jesus wanted to have this meal to inform the disciples to continue this holy sacrament after his crucifixion. Our church celebrates the Lord’s Supper by having Communion every first, third, and fifth Sunday of each month. Communion is a holy meal during which bread or wafers and wine are blessed and partaken by the congregation as we receive the body and blood shed for us by Jesus. God says taking part in Communion cleanses our bodies and takes away our sins.
-Maghan Manley

Thank you, God, for giving us this holy sacrament.
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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved

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