Luke 21:14-20, “14 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. 15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: 16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. 17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: 18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. 19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”
At the last Passover meal, Jesus instituted the Lord’s supper, Holy Communion, or Eucharist. He announced this meal to be His last meal on earth. He took the cup of wine, gave thanks and distributed it to the apostles. He took the bread, broke it, and gave them to the apostles. The bread represents His body which would be broken for them during Good Friday. After supper, he took another cup of wine and distributed it to everyone. The wine represents His blood that would be shed for them during Good Friday. Today, Christians around the world observed during Holy communion without a full meal. For the Jews, Passover looked backward to Exodus. For the apostles, the last supper looked forward to Good Friday. To Christians, Holy communion looked backward to Good Friday and forward to Christ’s second coming.
Here, Jesus spelled out for us the basis of the Holy Communion that Christians around the world observed. Holy communion looked backward to Good Friday and forward to Christ’s second coming. Jesus is the Passover lamb. He shed His blood on Good Friday to be a substitutionary atonement for us, 2 Corinthians 5:21.
2 Cor 5:21, God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Good Friday and Easter. Thank You that Jesus died on the cross on Good Friday to be a substitutionary atonement for our sin. Thank You that Jesus rose from dead on Easter to prove that He is God, in Jesus’ name, Amen.