Luke 22:19-20 (EasyEnglish Bible)
19 Then he took a loaf of bread and he thanked God for it. He broke the bread into pieces and he gave some of it to each of them. He said, ‘This is my body. I am giving it to save you. When you eat this meal from now on, remember me.’
When we eat the bread we remember Jesus’ life and death.
In Jesus’ life He:
- Was merciful to people.
- He loved people.
- He cared for people that nobody else cared for.
- He served people.
In Jesus’ death He:
- Was submissive.
- He was the most merciful.
Why was He submissive? Because He chose to die.
Why was He the most merciful? Because He died for us.
20 Then after supper, Jesus took a cup of wine and did the same thing. He said to the disciples, ‘This cup shows the new promise that God makes because of my death. When I die, my blood will pour out of my body. I will do that for you. (source)
Because Jesus died we can be joined together with God. We don’t live in the old covenant. The old covenant is about keeping rules. If we belong to Jesus then we live in the new covenant. The new covenant is about accepting God’s mercy, grace, and forgiveness.
Short Communion Message by David Knapp (Nolo) is Copyright © 2010 by David Knapp.
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