Today’s Bible Reading:
The Last Supper
12On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go to prepare the Passover meal for you?”
13So Jesus sent two of them into Jerusalem with these instructions: “As you go into the city, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him. 14At the house he enters, say to the owner, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ 15He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal.” 16So the two disciples went into the city and found everything just as Jesus had said, and they prepared the Passover meal there.
17In the evening Jesus arrived with the Twelve. 18As they were at the table eating, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, one of you eating with me here will betray me.”
19Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one?”
20He replied, “It is one of you twelve who is eating from this bowl with me. 21For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!”
22As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take it, for this is my body.”
23And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24And he said to them, “This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many. 25I tell you the truth, I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new in the Kingdom of God.”
26Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.
Verse of the Day:
Today’s reading takes us over to the book of Mark for his account of The Last Supper with Jesus and his disciples.
Here are the main points of what happened:
- Jesus sends two of the disciples ahead into Jerusalem with instructions for where the meal will take place.
- As they are eating their meal, Jesus shares the news that one of them sitting at the table will betray him.
- Each of the disciples ask which one of them that will be.
- Then Jesus performs communion with the bread and wine, explaining the significance of each one and what it means to them.
- He informs them that he will not drink with them again until the day that they are in the kingdom of Heaven.
I’ve tried to think of this story from the perspective of the disciples and everything that they were processing in their minds. I wonder how confused I would have been if it were me there with Jesus? These people have walked with him, ministered with him, etc. With all of the parables, I imagine it would have been tough to figure out what he means when he teaches and gives instructions. Just being honest 🙂
I also think about communion that we take in our churches. When will it be the final one before we join Jesus in Heaven? Truly, no one knows and we must be ready.
What thoughts flood your mind as you read this scripture? Do you have a picture in your mind of what it was like to be in that room? What about the betrayal?
His blood is the sacrifice for many – a sacrifice for me and you.