MUSING – December 02, 2018
THIS BREAD AND THIS WINE
While they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it. He broke the bread, gave it to them, and said, “Take this. This is my body.” Then he took a cup, spoke a prayer of thanksgiving, and gave the cup to them. They all drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood, the blood of the promise. It is poured out for many people. “I can guarantee this truth: I won’t drink this wine again until that day when I drink new wine in the kingdom of God.” After they sang a hymn, they went to the Mount of Olives.
As they eating this special meal which was ordained by God,* Jesus added one more layer of remembrance. The Passover meal is in remembrance of the salvation of the Israelites as they escaped their slavery to the Egyptians. Indeed, every generation has had their own oppression from which they sought release. That very generation was ruled over by the Romans and they sought relief.
Jesus added to this supper his promise of salvation. However, it is not release from their captivity by the Romans. He granted them (and us) salvation from our sins. He unbound us from the shackles we had placed on our own hands and feet. Jesus had the key. We but ask and we will be freed.
*Exodus 12: 1-20
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