Luke 22:20 – April 8, 2020

And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.” Luke 22:20 NABRE           

Jesus is celebrating the Passover with his disciples, a meal which has become known as the Last Supper. After the meal while Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane He is arrested and eventually condemned to death. At the meal Jesus takes bread, blesses it, breaks it and gives it to those at the meal telling them it is His body, which is given for us. And likewise he takes the cup which previously has been blessed and shared, Jesus says it is the new covenant in His blood, which is shed for us. Jesus is the new covenant that God has made with humanity. This new covenant God makes with us doesn’t require any fulfillment on our part as previous covenants required, except belief.

Following the first Passover and the exodus, Moses at Mount Sinai has thrown the blood of sacrifice against the altar (see Exodus 24:6) when God established the covenant with the twelve tribes of Israel. He also splashed it on the people saying, “This is the blood of the covenant” (Exodus 24:8) before taking part in the sacred meal in which “they ate and drank.” (Exodus 24:11) At the meal with the twelve apostles Jesus references a covenant in His blood recalling this event. It also indicates something new, this new covenant, as prophesized by Jeremiah, “See, days are coming-oracle of the LORD-when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.” (31:31) Jesus transforms his violent death into a free act of self-giving for others. Jesus pours out His blood in an act of love, demonstrating God desires each of us to come to Him. God will do anything and everything to make sure our path to Him is free of obstacles.

Do you accept God’s sacrifice? Do you see God’s love in this sacrifice?

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