• Danny Domingo

THE LORD'S SUPPER


When it was ready for Jesus and his disciples to eat the Passover meal, they sat around on an oblong shape short table or sometimes no table at all, which they had to lean on a cushion on their left side and use their right hands to reach for food. They normally sat near each other so they could listen and talk to each other. Jesus could have arranged their sitting order because Judas Iscariot was on the left side of Jesus, and John was on the right side. To be on the left side of Jesus meant Judas was in an important guest spot. The food was customarily passed from right to left, so when Jesus finished dipping His bread into the bowl, He passed the bread to His left, which was to Judas, and this was why the rest of the disciples couldn't figure out the person among them who would betray Him even though Jesus told them, "Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me...it is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish" (John 13:21-26). Since the food was going from right to left and around all of them, the disciples did not notice any issues.


While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying, "Take it; this is my body." Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. Jesus said, "This is my blood of the covenant, poured out for many. Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God." In our church today, we normally call this communion. We take bread or a wafer as the symbol of our Lord Jesus' body that He sacrificed on the cross, and we drink juice or, in some cases, others drink wine made out of grapes as a symbol of Jesus' blood that He shed on the cross. It was the blood of Christ that He shed on the cross that washes away our sins. So during the Passover meal, Jesus was looking ahead to His death on the cross. He was like the lamb that was sacrificed in Egypt, and His blood was put on the doorposts of the Israelites so that when the angel of death came, the angel would see the blood and would pass over their houses but enter the houses that didn't have the blood and killed the firstborn son in that house.


When we genuinely believed in Jesus by surrendering our lives to Him, the judgment of God would pass over us because of the blood of Jesus that He shed on the cross. There would come a day when Jesus returned that we would have communion with Him, and I believe that it would be a glorious day because many believers from all over the world would be there.


Ask yourself these questions: What is the importance of communion? What is one thing that can wash away my sins? What should be my attitude every time I take communion?


Write down all the worries you face today and lift them up to God.


Prayer:

Father in Heaven, thank you for sending Jesus to become my Passover lamb to wash away all my sins. I am forgiven because Jesus sacrificed His body and shed His blood on the cross. Jesus did all of that because You loved me. I was lost in my sins and didn't have hope to save myself, but Jesus came to save me with His life. Thank you for what you have done in my life. In Your name Jesus, I pray. Amen.