Walking with Jesus during his last week on earth
Holy Thursday – The Last Supper
Written by William Mwaura, Chadwell Heath Baptist Church
And he took 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.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” (Luke 22:19-20 NIV)
Jesus, as the Lamb of God, was about to give his body to be broken and his blood to be shed in sacrifice, to free us from sin and death. It was during His Last Supper that Jesus established the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, and commanded his followers thus; “ Do this always in remembrance of me”. We therefore remember His sacrifice by sharing in the elements of bread and wine during the Holy Communion or the Lord’s Table.
It is this ‘Holy Communion’ that we together at the Lord’s table we remember the sacrifice the Jesus made for us, and whilst that is an individual moment for us, it is also a reminder that Jesus was ‘with his friends’ at that last supper. Those closest to him… and for us also, Holy Communion is a time to celebrate being together as family. That word ‘together’ also reminds us of the unity found in the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit – separate yet unite, individual yet one… this is our model for church…each with their own part to play, each with their own skill. This is what we see at the Last Supper, individual disciples but one family… the whole greater than the sum of its individual parts.
Jesus, we thank you for giving your body as a complete and final sacrifice. Thanking you for saving us from sin and death. Thank you that we can stand and be counted righteous before God the Father and accepted as His children.