The King's Covenant

OPENING PRAYER

Lamb of God, thank You for making the greatest sacrifice so that I could have peace with God.

 

Read: LUKE 22:1-23

[1] Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, [2] and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. [3]Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. [4] And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. [5] They were delighted and agreed to give him money. [6] He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present. [7] Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. [8] Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” [9]“Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked. [10] He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, [11] and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ [12] He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.” [13] They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. [14] When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. [15] And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. [16] For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” [17] After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. [18] For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” [19] 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.” [20] 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. [21] But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. [22] The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!” [23] They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.

 

Reflect: WHAT WERE THE DISCIPLES TO REMEMBER WHEN TAKING THIS MEAL?

Betrayal is afoot. Today’s passage begins and ends with pointers to this coming betrayal by one of Jesus’ followers (3,4,22). Yet all is not lost. Jesus knows of the betrayal and warns his disciples about it. This betrayal will bring death out into the open so that Jesus may conquer it.Jesus shows how he will live out the Passover in his death. Just as the sacrificial lamb in the Passover provided the Israelites with protection from the angel of death (Exod. 12:21-28), so Jesus’ death provides salvation from death for his followers. Just as the lamb represented a commitment between God and his people, so Jesus’ death forms a covenant between the disciples and their King. The Passover meal used four cups. In this passage, Jesus talks about two cups and the bread. The first cup (17,18) is divided among his followers: Jesus’ salvation unites us in a community. Sharing the bread (19) is an act of remembrance: when we break the bread and share it with one another, we proclaim Jesus’ death. The old covenant was sealed through blood, and the final cup (20) shows that Jesus’ blood brings us into covenant with God. Jesus’ death enables us to enter his kingdom.

 

APPLY

Think about your participation in the Lord’s Supper. How does it help you to relate to Jesus and to your church community?

 

CLOSING PRAYER

God, may Your church be the community of love that You have purposed us to be.

 

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