Bread broken, wine poured out…

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Matthew 26:26 While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” 30 When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Today is Maundy Thursday, the day we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples before his death the following day (Friday) and his resurrection two days later (Sunday). I can imagine it was a somber occasion for Jesus. He knew one of his disciples would soon betray him and that it would lead to his death.

Jesus’ body was broken, just like he broke the bread at this meal. Jesus’ blood was poured out, just like he poured the wine at this meal. He, who was without sin, gave himself as a sacrifice for you and me – for the forgiveness of sins. Every time we gather for the Lord’s Supper, we remember his enormous sacrifice. Offered in love.

Lord Jesus, let us never forget what you did that day. Amen.

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