Devotions for April 13, 2017

LUKE 22:7-20

7 Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread arrived, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed. 8 Jesus sent Peter and John ahead and said, “Go and prepare the Passover meal, so we can eat it together.”

9 “Where do you want us to prepare it?” they asked him.

10 He replied, “As soon as you enter Jerusalem, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him. At the house he enters, 11 say to the owner, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ 12 He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal.” 13 They went off to the city and found everything just as Jesus had said, and they prepared the Passover meal there.

14 When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table.[a] 15 Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. 16 For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.”

17 Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18 For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.”

19 He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

20 After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you

THE LAMB OF GOD

A lamb was used for sacrifice during the annual Passover (Exod. 12:1–36) as well as in the daily sacrifices of Israel. On the Sabbath the number of the offerings was doubled, and at some of the great festivals a still
larger number were laid upon the altar. This would be familiar to John, being a member of a priestly family.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What does this Passover meal reveal about the heart of Jesus?

Q: Jesus repeats the phrase “for you” to His disciples, referring to His body and blood given as the Passover lamb. Is Communion a personal “for you” when you take it? Or is it merely a tradition?

Q: Why is remembering Jesus inseparable from proclaiming His sacrifice and future return?

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