On Sunday, we looked at Mark’s account of Jesus’ final passover meal with his disciples and his institution of the Lord’s Supper (Mark 14:22-25), and we produced note of two issues Christians are meant to do each and every time they participate in communion.
1. Keep in mind
In verses 22-24, we noticed our need to have to recall Jesus’ covenantal sacrifice by way of the components of the bread and the fruit of the vine. To improved realize what Jesus did—and stated—as he instituted the Lord’s Supper, we devote some time speaking about the fixed liturgy that would have taken location for the duration of a Jewish family’s Passover meal.
Soon after the meal was served, but just before it was eaten, the platter of unleavened bread would have been lifted by the head of the household, saying the prescribed formula: “This is the bread of affliction which our fathers ate in the land of Egypt. Let everybody who hungers come and consume let everybody who is needy come and consume the Passover meal.”
Every single of the other components in the meal would have been introduced in related style, all in the context of Israel’s encounter in bondage to Egypt:
- The bitter herbs served to recall the bitterness of slavery.
- The stewed fruit, which had the consistency and colour of clay, recalled the producing of bricks as slaves.
- The lamb evoked a reminder of God’s gracious “passing over” of Israel in the plague of death that came to Egypt.
The complete meal was for the objective of God’s people today remembering their excellent deliverance supplied by God.
Soon after presenting the platter of unleavened bread, the head of the household would have then taken the cake of unleavened bread and recited the prescribed blessing: “Praised be Thou, O Lord, Sovereign of the planet, who causes bread to come forth from the earth.” The household-head would have then broken for each and every particular person present a piece of the unleavened bread and passed each and every piece from hand-to-hand till everybody at the meal had their piece.
This distribution of unleavened bread would have taken location in silence. But contrary to custom, Jesus broke the silence by supplying his personal interpretation of the significance of the bread: “Take, this is my body” (v. 22). In related style, he then took a cup, gave thanks, and directed his disciples to drink from it (v. 23).
There have been 4 cups in a Passover meal. Soon after the meal, the head of the household would have risen from his reclining position, and with his suitable hand he would have taken the third of four cups—called the cup of blessing or the cup of redemption—and he would have pronounced the prayer of thanksgiving, which concluded with these words: “May the all-merciful 1 make us worthy of the days of the Messiah and of the life of the planet to come. He brings the salvation of his King. He shows covenant-faithfulness to his Anointed, to David and to his seed forever. He tends to make peace in his heavenly areas. Might he safe peace for us and for all Israel.”
But right here, Jesus after once again adds his personal interpretation: “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many” (v. 24).
The reference to the covenant established in Jesus’ blood alludes to Exodus 24:six-eight, exactly where the old covenant at Mount Sinai was ratified by the sprinkling of sacrificial blood. It also raises Jeremiah 31:31-33 and Ezekiel 11:17-20 36:22-32 into view, exactly where God promises to establish a new covenant with his people today. The old covenant produced with Israel was continuously broken mainly because of Israel’s sin. So, God promised a New Covenant:
- To forgive his people’s sin.
- To give his people today new hearts and make them new.
- To place his Spirit inside his people today.
- To be their God forever.
Jesus’ actions and words, hence, serve to fulfill the New Covenant in himself. In the end, Jesus reinterpreted two of the components from the Passover meal—which faithful Jews had been celebrating considering that the days of the Exodus—to point forward to his imminent death and the fulfillment of the New Covenant in his physique and blood, which have been offered “for many” (v. 24), just as Isaiah 53:12 foretold: “He bore the sin of several.”
For us searching back, we can see how the Passover—celebrated considering that the Exodus—had served to not just recall Israel’s deliverance by the mighty hand of God, but also to foreshadow the deliverance of all of God’s people today by the covenantal sacrifice produced by the Son of God. So these days, we continue coming to his table to be reminded of his covenantal sacrifice on behalf of the several—all who will belong to God.
We are to recall! Anytime we celebrate communion. we are meant to to permit the components of the bread and the fruit of the vine to remind us of Jesus’ covenant-faithfulness to us
Why are we meant to recall? We are a people today who are weak, and in our weakness, we from time to time face doubt, anxiousness, and be concerned in the midst of afflictions and daily life. The Lord’s Supper, hence, serves to strengthen our faith as we recall what the Lord has accomplished for us. So no matter what you are facing, permit the Lord’s table to encourage your weary soul, remembering that Jesus has offered himself so that you could be his, forever.
In verse 25, we noticed the anticipation in Jesus’ words: “Truly, I say to you, I will not drink once again of the fruit of the vine till that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God” (emphasis mine).
Right here, we spent some time speaking about the fourth of 4 cups in a Passover meal, each and every correlating to the fourfold promises discovered in Exodus six:six-7:
- I will bring you out…
- I will provide you from slavery…
- I will redeem you…
- I will take you to be my people…
The third cup, currently noted above, served to remind faithful Jews of God’s redemptive operate all through the Exodus. It is the cup Jesus tied to the fulfillment of God’s New Covenant redemption in himself. But concerning the fourth cup, it is stated Jesus abstained from the final cup in his final Passover meal prior to the cross, waiting to drink it with each other with us when we are lastly brought into the fullness of God’s heavenly kingdom. It is a cup that anticipates the day when all of God’s people today will dwell with him forever in heaven. But regardless of whether Jesus basically abstained from it or not, the connection is clear: Jesus is anticipating, with deep need, they day when he will lastly drink once again of the fruit of the vine with all who belong to him in the fullness of God’s kingdom.
In quick, Jesus is anticipating the day when we will lastly reside with him forever as his people today. When that day arrives, he will after once again feast with us. And what joyfully glorious day that will be! Notice John’s words in Revelation 19:six-7 as he gets a glimpse of that feast: “Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a excellent multitude, like the roar of several waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, ‘Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come.’”
My dear Lake Murray: This is what we are meant to anticipate anytime we celebrate the Lord’s Supper with each other. Why are we to anticipate God’s heavenly kingdom? Just as with our remembrance of Jesus’ covenantal sacrifice, anticipating the fullness of God’s kingdom bolsters our faith and aids us persevere in this planet. 1 day, we will lastly live with him as his people today with out the hindrance of the curses of sin. In the meantime, let’s permit the Lord’s Supper to encourage us in our faith whilst we wait with excellent anticipation to be with him in heaven.
And let’s anticipate…
For modest group discussion, right here is a PDF copy of Sunday’s insert with discussion inquiries: Mark 14.22-25 Insert.
“Peace be to the brothers, and enjoy with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who enjoy our Lord Jesus Christ with enjoy incorruptible” (Ephesians six:23-24).
In Christ’s service,