The Lord's Supper

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 14:22-25

The master and his men gathered in an upper room to celebrate the Passover meal, to remember yet again how God delivered their people from slavery in Egypt. The angel of death slew the first- born sons of Egypt. But the children of Israel were “passed over.” In the settlements of the Hebrews, where a lamb was slain and the doorposts had been smeared with blood, there was no death.

Suddenly, Jesus began to deviate from the standard Passover liturgy. He instituted a new kind of Passover meal. “Take . . . this is my body . . . this is my blood.” Imagine the disciples glancing quizzically at one another. What was Jesus talking about? What did it all mean?

The Lord’s Supper meant that once again a lamb was to be slain, “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). It meant that once again God’s people would be saved by blood. The Apostle Paul said it best: “Christ, our Passover Iamb, has been sacrificed” (1 Cor. 5:7).

Discussion: What do you think about when the Lord’s Supper is served?

PRAYER

[Pray the words of the hymn, “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross.”]