“After taking the cup, he gave thanks and
said, ‘Take this and divide it among you. . . .
This cup is the new covenant in my blood
which is poured out for you’” (Luke 22:17, 20)
Again, the important thing is that we take this
meal together. Our spiritual family, the
family of God, his church, gathers the first day
of each week to share in the memorial feast
we received from his hand to ours.
As with members of our physical family, our
spiritual family may not always agree or get
along together. But by sharing in Christ's
body and blood, we proclaim our kinship with
him, and with each other, until he comes
When Jesus was about to go to the cross, he
wasn’t just thinking about himself. He was
thinking about us. It was the day of the Feast
of the Passover, and he used the occasion to
plan his own funeral.
“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover
with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not
eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the
kingdom of God” (Luke 22:15).
It would be a simple memorial—just bread
and wine or grape juice. The ingredients are
readily available in all cultures.
“He took the bread, gave thanks and broke it
and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body
given for you, do this in remembrance of me’”