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All Things New

Mark 14.12-26
And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?” He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Jesus and the disciples celebrated Passover together, and Jesus shared the Lord’s Supper with them as he showed how he would fulfill God’s deliverance of his people through Jesus—the ultimate sacrifice—the Lamb of God. Jesus gave the disciples instructions for the Passover preparations that either he planned in advance or God miraculously provided. The disciples Peter and John were to look for a man carrying a jar of water which would be unusual because women normally did that.

The Passover meal is a time to remember how God delivered his people from slavery in Egypt as God’s judgment of death of the firstborn “passed over” the Israelite homes which were covered by the blood of the Passover lamb. Jesus fulfilled the covenant by establishing a new covenant in his blood and giving his body for us on the cross. Those who put their faith in Jesus are delivered from sin and separation from God. We look forward to eternity with God and remember Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for us when we share the Lord’s Supper which is also called Communion and Eucharist (thanksgiving).

Have you placed your faith in Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior?

Do you look forward to celebrating with Jesus when he drinks it new in the kingdom of God?

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