A Contemplative Lenten Experience: His Body and Blood for All
Scripture: Luke 22:7-20 NLT
7Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread arrived, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed. 8Jesus sent Peter and John ahead and said, “Go and prepare the Passover meal, so we can eat it together.”
9“Where do you want us to prepare it?” they asked him.
10He replied, “As soon as you enter Jerusalem, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him. At the house he enters, 11say to the owner, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ 12He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal.” 13They went off to the city and found everything just as Jesus had said, and they prepared the Passover meal there.
14When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table.a 15Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. 16For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.”
17Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.”
19He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
20After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.
Every year the Israelites celebrated the passover their ancestors experienced. A lamb is slaughtered just as the day the angel of death passed over the Israelites. Now they remember the story. And here Jesus being a Jew follows the custom of remembering the deliverance God gave the Israelites so they could be His people. Being the leader he presides over the meal but when it comes to the Cup of Redemption Jesus doesn’t simply remember the Passover but invites us to remember the Ultimate Passover and saving grace offered to all people.
This visual is a take on the popular image called the Rubin’s vase. It portrays the Cup and the Bread of the New Covenant. The lighter area in the lower center depicts the Bread/the Tomb. You will also find the nails on the bread. The space in the center is the wine in the Cup. If you look closely you will find two faces facing each other. This represents the people, the people whom God loves and Jesus died for, this is all the people around the world. The Body and Blood of Jesus- His sacrifice is for ALL people.
Ponder over God’s deep love for all peoples, all around the world. He loves each of us just the same. Take a few moments to ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in praying for someone who is not yet in a relationship with Jesus. Alternatively, you could pray over a people group or a nation.
Lord thank you for dying for us even while we were still sinners. Thank you that you love each one of us just the same. Please would you help us drop our prejudices and love your people as you love them. Thank you for the people in our lives, help us love them. We ask this in your mighty name,Jesus. Amen