17 Sep Remember Jesus and the New Covenant in His Blood
Remember Jesus and the New Covenant in His Blood
Verses to read:
<Lk 22:7-23, 35-38>
7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.
8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”
9 “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.
10 He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11 and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.”
13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
19 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.”
20 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.
21 But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. 22 The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!” 23 They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.
35 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?”
“Nothing,” they answered.
36 He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. 37 It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”
38 The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.”
“That’s enough!” he replied.
1. Background to the First Passover.
- Symbolises deliverance (salvation).
2. Message of the Passover: Saved by blood of the Lamb.
Without blood of the Lamb, no salvation.
No matter how hard we try, cannot get out of problems on our own.
Why only His blood?
— Only that can make the devil surrender and release us.
Before we work hard, our destiny must first be changed.
That is exactly why Jesus had to go to the cross.
3. We must remember yet we always forget.
* Consequences of our forgetfulness?
Become slaves, poor, powerless again.
Take same path as people of the world, having the same mindset and perspective.
Believe our circumstances more than God.
Subject ourselves to deadly lies of devil.
Our choices and responses will only turn us further away from God.
4. What we should remember is the New Covenant.
Jesus wants us to be part of the new covenant, thus He want us to eat His flesh and drink His blood <Jn 6>.
Then we can “remain in Him, and Him in us” <Jn 6:56>.
By eating and drinking His flesh and blood, we acknowledge that we have life from and sustained by Jesus.
Transformation of a person starts from the moment he eats the Bread of Life.
5. How to remember Jesus and His redemption?
- Scheduled basis:
- Daily prayers.
- Weekly church meetings.
- Special occasions such as Holy Communion.
2. This has to progress to remembering Jesus all the time, like
3. Hold onto key truths emphasized by God <cf. Jn 14-17>:
- No one comes to God, except through Jesus <Jn 14:6>; apart from Him, we can do nothing <Jn 15:5>.
- Assurance of prayer answers in Jesus’ name <Jn 14:14; 15:16; 16:24>.
- Holy Spirit is with us to help us <Jn 14:26; 16:13-15>.
- But there will be persecutions <Jn 15>.
- Yet, Jesus has overcome the world <Jn 16:33>.
- Jesus will surely return to bring us to heaven <Jn 14:3>.
- Do you tend to forget Jesus easily? How do you see yourself missing out on God’s grace and falling prey to the devil whenever you forget God?
- What are some evidences that you are already in the New Covenant? If you have received “a new heart”, how have your life (interests, purpose, person, etc) transformed after eating the Bread of Life?
- What are some practical steps to help yourself better remember Jesus all the time?