Scripture: In the same way Jesus took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” 1 Corinthians 11: 25-26
Meditation: As Paul writes about the Last Supper, he continues with Jesus’ words that he shared with his friends. The object lesson teaches the thought that every time you eat the bread or drink the cup, remember me! There is also an addition to the message that these words are a new covenant in His blood. Jesus says that with His death and His shed blood, there is established a new covenant between God and His people. The followers of Jesus, and in a broader message the Jewish community, are now under a new arrangement. The old covenant was of the Law and the Prophets, so how is this one different? Jesus said he was not going to do away with those prior arrangements. What did Jesus add?
At least one clear statement we have comes from his teaching. We are to “love our neighbor” and be willing to give our very life, if necessary, in following what God would have us do. Think about the parable of the good Samaritan. Avoidance doesn’t work. Wow!
Prayer: Help us, Lord, to get past ourselves and to help those around us so they may see You in how we live our lives. Amen.