March 2, 2008
Some say context is everything. By looking at the context of the first communion, Alistair Begg points out the startling statements in Jesus’ words about the Passover Feast. By telling the disciples that He was now the center of these celebrations, Jesus fulfilled the old covenant God made with Abraham, replacing it with the new covenant of His body. The communion elements are reminders of God’s new covenant—a fresh start, looking ahead to the day He comes again.
22And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 24And he said to them, “This is my blood of the3 covenant, which is poured out for many. 25Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
26And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 29Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” 30And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 31But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same.
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