The new covenant

Passage: Matthew 26:26-29

Key verse: Matthew 26:28  for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Long before Jesus’ earthly ministry, God made a covenant with His people (Exodus 24:8).  In Christ, that covenant was fulfilled and a new covenant was made.  No longer would the Lord’s people be forced to make sacrifices upon an altar.  Once and for all, the ultimate sacrifice was paid.  Jesus was sent to be the only sacrifice that could ever truly cleanse us of our sin.  He is the spotless lamb (1 Peter 1:18-19).

Before being led off to die a horrifying death, Jesus ate one last meal with His closest followers.  Here He gave them a picture of what was to happen, whether they understood it or not.  His instructions to them were to remember Him through the practice of taking communion, the Lord’s Supper.  The bread is symbolic of His broken body that was sacrificially given for our sake.  The wine, His blood, that poured out as He was tortured in our place.

As Easter approaches, reflect on what Christ gave so that you and I can live free and in communion with God.  We have life because He gave His, let’s remember all that entails regularly and practice that remembrance with others.