The Lord’s Supper
“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is My body. And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins”
At the close of the passover supper, the Lord institutes that which the Apostle Paul later speaks of as the “Lord’s supper” (1 Corinthians 11:20). The Lord well knew that Satan would enter into Judas Iscariot to make sure he carried out the awful deed of betraying Him. He also knew that the Jewish leaders were plotting His death, that the multitudes whom He had healed and fed would turn against Him, and that His own disciples would flee and leave Him alone. Yet nothing could stop the outflow of His love. His heart was filled with thoughts of infinite love, both for His own and for mankind, of which these memorials of His death so simply speak. “Having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end” (John 13:1). May we never cease to remember such divine love.