April 17, 2003Email to a FriendPrint
Psalm 143:4-5 "So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed. I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all Your works and consider what Your hands have done."
It was His last night-so much to say, so much to do. It would not surprise me if this portion of Psalm 143 had going through Jesus' mind that Thursday evening. He and His friends gathered for the Passover meal they had each celebrated since they were young-yet, tonight, Jesus adds something new.
His hands broke the bread. His hands held up the cup. Twelve hours later, these hands that broke bread and held the cup would be nailed to a cross. Body broken by nails. Blood shed.
The Passover was a time to recall what happened in the past-how God had, in love, freed His people from slavery. At the meal Jesus gave to us that night, we gather to receive the forgiveness He won for us as He, out of love, freed us from the slavery of sin. Each time we celebrate the Lord's Supper, we do so at His bidding: "Do this in remembrance of Me" (Luke 22:19). And so we remember His great love for us.