Thursday of Passion week has arrived.
Jesus shares the Passover with His disciples. The Passover was a rememberance of when God freed Isreal from Egyptian slavery. This was when God began His Old Covenant with His chosen people and it was that Covenant that Jesus and the Disciples were still living under, until…
Until this night.
As they were eating the Passover remembrance of the Old Covenant together, Jesus transforms their meal into a new Supper with a new meaning.
“Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”” ~ Matthew 26:26-29
Luke clarifies that this is no longer about remembering the Old Covenant, but is the start of something new.
“And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” ~ Luke 22:20
Here’s what the writer of Hebrews reveals about the differences between the Old and New Covanants.
“But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.” ~ Hebrews 8:6-7
“For he finds fault with them when he says: “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. For they did not continue in my covenant, and so I showed no concern for them, declares the Lord.” ~ Hebrews 8:8-9
“In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.” ~ Hebrews 8:13
“Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.” ~ Hebrews 9:15
He does away with the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” ~ Hebrews 10:9-10
Today’s Good News is that Jesus not only transformed the Passover to the Lord’s Supper, but he has transformed all who believe. We are no longer pointed to remember the Law and all the sacrifices it required us to bring. No, we are now invited to the table to remember that the perfect sacrifice has been made on our behalf by Christ Himself, laying down His own life for us.
Tonight, I will gather with the church. We will enjoy an incredible meal together, and we will remember that “it is finished!” We will remember it is finished, because Jesus has fulfilled the old requirements and is the One guaranteeing the New Covenant – and that’s Good News!
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