Lea Luke 21
In today’s reading:
The widow’s offering; the signs of the end; the last Passover and the Lord’s Supper; prayer in Gethsemane; the arrest of Jesus; Peter denies the Lord
L os foods annual Passover the Israelites were a reminder that the blood of a lamb innocent and obedience to God’s Word had made it possible for their descendants be redeemed from death, to be delivered from Pharaoh and slavery Egypt, and enjoy freedom in the promised land.
On Passover night, Jesus “took bread and gave thanks, and broke it and gave it (to His twelve disciples) , saying: This is My body, which is given for you; Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after supper, he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you ” (Luke 22: 19-20). During this Passover, our Lord identified Himself with the Passover sacrificial Lamb.
The Lord’s Supper is a reminder that the death of Jesus Christ on the cross rescues us from the hands of Satan, and gives us freedom from the condemnation of our sins to receive eternal life. This ordinance is so sacred that the Holy Spirit placed great emphasis on its importance through the Apostle Paul, who wrote to us: “That the Lord Jesus, on the night that He was delivered, took bread; and having given thanks, he broke it, and said, Take, eat; this is My body that is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me ” (I Corinthians 11: 23-25). It is of the utmost importance that we carefully consider that our Lord told us: “Do this in memory of Me . ” He didn’t give us a suggestion but he did give us a command. Jesus reminds all of His followers:“Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and don’t do what I say?” (Luke 6:46). And again He said, “He who loves Me will keep My Word” (John 14:23).
The Lord wanted us to know that His death on the cross made all the difference between spending eternity in “the lake of fire” (Revelation 20: 14-15), or in heaven with Him (John 3:16; 14: 2-3). The Lord’s Supper is a continual reminder that there is forgiveness for all who, by faith, accept the atoning sacrifice of Jesus as the only way to obtain eternal life. It is also a good time to examine what bad attitude have we had towards others, what revenge, and what carnal desire do we need to confess and leave behind? The Lord’s Supper is a reminder that: “Anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily will be blamed for the body and blood of the Lord. Therefore, let each one prove himself, and thus eat the bread, and drink from the cup » (I Corinthians 11: 27-28).
Thought for today:We need to express a forgiving love in our hearts for all who offend us.
Memory Verse of the Week: Psalm 119: 33-34