The New Covenant
“This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.”
The Lord Jesus, had come into town for the Passover celebration and was nearing the time when He would be betrayed by one of His disciples, publicly humiliated and mocked, beaten beyond recognition, and hung on a cross to die. It was the night before His suffering when He made His special request for His followers to remember that He gave His body for them and poured out His blood as a sacrifice for them.
The best way to understand the real meaning of Easter would be from Jesus, in His three words … the new covenant.
This is My body which is given for you… This cup is the new covenant in My blood: The Lord Jesus did not give the normal explanation of the meaning of each of the foods. He reinterpreted them in Himself, and the focus was no longer on the suffering of Israel in Egypt, but on the sin-bearing suffering Christ on their behalf.
When we partake in the Breaking of Bread, this is how we remember what the Lord Jesus did for us. As we eat the bread, we should remember how the Lord Jesus was broken, pierced, and beaten for our redemption. As we drink the cup, we should remember that His blood, His life, was poured out on Calvary for us.
Lord God, help me to come before You with a very grateful and humble heart, knowing what my salvation cost You. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.