As Jesus and the twelve apostles sat down to celebrate the Passover, the hour was nearing for Jesus’ betrayal. Judas had already agreed to betray Jesus to the chief priests. (Matthew 26:14-16) I wonder How Judas was feeling as He sat around the table with Jesus and the men he had spent the last 3 years with? Was his stomach in knots, was he sweating profusely?
Imagine the scene, the men reclining around the table, talking quietly among themselves. I imagine them discussing the days events, comparing notes on what Jesus had taught the last few days. Trying to grasp Jesus’ prophecy regarding His return. Did they understand He was going to die soon? Then Jesus spoke.
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. (Luke 22:14-23)
Communion was celebrated together in that room. Did they understand Jesus’ words? Were they shocked to hear Him proclaim one would betray Him? I wonder the mood in the room after they partook in the elements of communion. The apostles still did not realize the extent of things to come, but Jesus knew. He was ready.
Communion is a beautiful reminder of Jesus’ sacrifice for you and me. The bread representing His broken and battered body and the cup representing His blood poured out on the ground so we can be free. I am reminded of Jesus’ intense love for each of us as I partake in communion. A deep intimate love which caused Him to go to the cross before we even accepted Him as our Savior. Jesus’ love brings me tears as I read about this last night together with the disciples.
I am so thankful that you were a willing sacrifice on the cross for me. Thank you that through communion I am reminded of your sacrificial love for me. I am reminded not just of your broken body on the cross, but of your glorious resurrection, and your promises which have been and will be fulfilled in the days to come. No words can truly express my gratefulness for the ways you have changed me from the inside out. I pray my life will continue to be a reflection of the love I have for you!
With love from your daughter,