The Journey to the Cross
Bryan Craig

Day Two
Scripture:  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.
Thought:  The Passover was the Jewish celebration of how the Israelites were saved by the blood of a lamb over their doorposts, which caused the Angel of Death to “pass over” their households.  How poignant that Jesus, Who was about to become the sacrificial lamb for our sins, would celebrate Passover with His closest followers.
As He talked about the wine being His blood and the bread being His body, surely they remembered the time Jesus said, “For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.” John 6:55-56 It is recorded that many deserted Him after hearing these words.  But not these men.  They had faith to believe He was the Son of God and they could not leave Him.  In this Last Supper, He connected His body and His blood to bread and wine, and instituted a new celebration to replace Passover.  Just as God wanted the Israelites to remember His rescue of them from death, Jesus wants us to remember His rescue of us, as well.
Application:  How often do we remember Jesus and His sacrifice for us?  When we take Communion, is it a formality and not a spirituality?  Write our thoughts in our Journals.
Jesus died and left us with this remembrance, but He also left us His Spirit Who guides and teaches us all things.  He wants us to abide with His Spirit and pour ourselves out on behalf of others.  Are we giving our lives away to others?  As we do this, we are inviting them to the banquet table of Jesus.  Write about this.
Response:  Let’s pause and worship Jesus for His sacrifice, which was for all of us.  As Paul admonishes in 1 Corinthians 11:27-32, we should examine our hearts before taking the bread and wine, but we should also examine our walk with Jesus.  Do we have the faith to walk with Him all the way to His death, trusting Him in all the things we don’t understand?
Let’s write a prayer to Jesus in our journals on this Tuesday of Holy Week.