And He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” (Luke 22:15).
Everything He says and does points to His sufferings they have been trying so hard to ignore:
“This is the last Passover I will eat with you.”
“Take, eat, this is My body, do this in remembrance of Me.”
“This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.”
And yet with the sorrow of these words, Jesus institutes a new feast-a memorial feast far beyond Moses’ Passover. In, with, and under the bread He miraculously gives us His body, which suffered God’s wrath in our place. In, with, and under the wine He gives us His blood, poured out in death, so we might live with Him forever. Forgiven, fed and nourished with this heavenly meal, we have the full assurance the angel of death will pass over us on Judgment Day.
THE PRAYER: Almighty God, Your Son gave Himself to suffering and death to satisfy Your wrath at my sins, and to secure my place with You in heaven. Receive my thanks and praise. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
*Thank you to Lutheran Hour Ministries for providing this devotion.