“For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
Matthew 26:28 NKJV
The Passover is an annual festival the Jews celebrate every year commemorating their deliverance from bondage in Egypt. The disciples were arguing about who is the greatest and waiting to get the Passover meal underway. But this Passover would be different, it wouldn’t be about remembering leaving Egypt. Instead, Jesus would turn their attention to Himself, and what was to come in the next few days.
Matthew 26:26-28 NKJV “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
The disciples never really understood what Jesus was saying when He would speak of His coming death and resurrection. I wonder what they thought about His statements about His body and blood, now that He was saying them in the context of Passover?
There is a tradition in the Passover meal, to take a piece of Matzo; break it, put it in a napkin, hide it, and let the children go find it at the end of the meal, and share it. We may recognize the symbolism as Jesus’s body being buried and resurrected. The next night and for several weeks beyond, the disciples would witness the death of Jesus, be afraid, be confused hearing about His resurrection, and ultimately be amazed over the next 40 days.
We have the benefit of the Scriptures and being able to read the story. Read Luke 22:7-46 and reflect on that last Passover Jesus celebrated with His disciples. Think about the humility that Jesus displayed by washing His disciples feet, and remember a time of communion with your church. Every time we take communion, we are remembering Jesus’s death and resurrection. Every time we read a story in the gospels, we have the benefit of being able to think about the whole story and tie everything together. Think about Jesus today; His life, His teaching, and His miracles.