Day 21

And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me." They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, "Is it I?" He said to them, "It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born." And 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." And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, 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." And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.—Mark 14:17-26

This is a great moment in Christian history. It's an old covenant that is combining with a new covenant. But it's the background of this moment that gives this extraordinary meaning.

While this meal is often referred to as the Last Supper, this was not actually what they were celebrating. Instead, Jesus and the disciples made arrangements to celebrate the Passover meal (a Jewish dinner that commemorates the Exodus from Egypt).

For those that don't know, this Passover meal celebrated a night in religious history just before God's people were being released from years of captivity in Egypt. God commanded that the blood of flawless lambs were to be spread on the doorposts of homes so that the Angel of Death would see it and "pass over" the respective house, not harming the firstborn males who resided within. This commemorative meal was a celebration of God's salvation. While the men thought they were celebrating a past meal, they celebrated two: the Passover, and Jesus' Last Supper. The Last Supper was a celebration of spiritual freedom from sin. A passing over of death, through the sacrifice of the perfect Lamb of God, who was about to be sacrificed for the sins of all humanity.

This night in history, Jesus appended a meal that was celebrated for 1200 years giving it universal meaning for all followers—it's a new covenant. The covenant that God made with the Hebrews 1200 years prior had rich meaning. But this was only a shadow of the salvation God would provide for all people in all time. And Jesus and his men celebrate this with a simple meal.

Today eat, but as you do, remember. Remember Christ and his work and this new covenant—one made with flesh and blood promise of God, not man. It's a covenant that will never end.

DO THIS: This week, we are focusing on the discipline of brotherhood.

Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

  • Pray: for 5-minutes, and give thanks to God.
  • Eat: and each time you do today, give thanks to God for the new covenant. If you have time, take a Christian brother out for a special lunch today or this week.

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114 thoughts on “Eat & Remember Christ

  1. Eddie Ackerman says:

    thank You God for brothers and sisters in Christ to lean on and share life with and especially thank You God for sending Jesus to die for my sins and everyone else’s sins while we were ALL still sinners. Amen.

  2. Jim Kroyer says:

    Traveling this week, but told my brother in Christ I owe him a lunch. He is very important in my life.

  3. Cory Baron says:

    As “luck” would have it… this morning I prayed for my willingness to accept every opportunity to listen to others. A huge shortcoming of mine, so I’ve been told. I’m not sure, I wasn’t really listening. 😉
    Then 2 brothers reached out to me. Now I just finished my lunch date, and have a dinner date tonight. Thank you! 🙏

  4. Tom says:

    Lord Jesus . Words cannot express my gratitude for your sacrifice to provide for our salvation. Lead me to lead others.

  5. Tom MacLeod says:

    This has always been referred to as the last supper when in actuality it is like a first supper. A covenant supper. A salvation supper. To remind us that Christ is our eternal life. He paid for our new life and we eat to remind us of His grace mercy and love. Thank You Lord

  6. Mark says:

    Thank you Jesus for a new covenant. I pray to remember it and live my life in my spiritual freedom from sin.

  7. Harvey Hansen says:

    Today lord Jesus, as I eat my meals I will give thanks to you for the sacrifice you did for us. For your love ran red from the cross to set us free.

    • David says:

      Thank you Jesus for the many blessings you have given me. Help me to share your love with the people you have put in my life.

  8. Troy Theye says:

    “But this was only a shadow of the salvation God would provide for all people in all time.”
    I am absolutely amazed by this covenant. The line above hit me HARD today. The endless Salvation……that each and every one of us have everyday from the man upstairs. The betrayal thing is very humbling. It helps me to change my ways and be more humble to God!!!!
    Thank you JESUS!

  9. Walter says:

    Thanks for the reminder to take time before our meals to give thanks. Too many times I’m in such a hurry I will not.

  10. SHELDON Bullard says:

    I thank God for the new covenant that Christ shed his blood foe me , and for you my brothers

  11. Dean says:

    I am thankful for the HOPE I have in Jesus Christ. Two years ago I was in Israel in the area where the Lord’s last supper took place, then walking to the Mt. of Olives and praying. What a moving experience.

  12. Richard says:

    Today as I eat, I will give thanks to God for the salvation He has provided through the blood of His Son Jesus. I will also pray for Damien as he has tested positive for Covid. Please join me in prayer for him and his family. Thank you brothers.

  13. Matt Smith says:

    Thank you that we live in a new and better covenant! Thank you for the blood of Your Son, which brings forgiveness of sins.

  14. Denny says:

    How appropriate that I would read this on Maudy Thursday, the day we celebrate the Last Supper. Because of the lockdown, I cannot take a brother out to lunch, but I can praise God. Yesterday, in this storm of death and destruction, a new life was born. My co-worker and her baby girl are doing fine. Please pray for Kaitlin and Hadley.

  15. Al says:

    Well at this time we can’t go out, but God has put this guy Paul on my heart that I need to find his contact info and reach out to him. Be safe guys

  16. Cory Bullock says:

    Thankful for the now even in the midst of so much uncertainty, I must remind myself that HE is in control and enjoy this moment for this moment is my life!!

  17. LAVON C LAMBERTY says:

    This last supper ushered in our opportunity to live in the period of GRACE, The Age of the Church. What joy and responsibility we have to share it.

  18. Bryon says:

    No special lunch for my brothers today, this week, or month. But I will lift you up in prayers during this hard time as I know how this entire story ends, but not sure how long and hard to get to that blessing will be for us.

  19. Jon Brady says:

    Thank you Lord for the salvation that You provide through Jesus Christ. I give praise to my Lord and Savior.

  20. Mr. Bret says:

    Won’t be going out to lunch with a brother until the quarantine is up. I will break bread virtuallyvwith several in the morning in mens group.

  21. Dal Atwal says:

    I will take a dear brother who I not seen for many years. He Left the church body ( being home less) , but I pray that his cell number is still the same. Not seen him for 4 years, but I heard he is in the area.

  22. Jeff Kuhn says:

    Oh, how I wish I could “break bread” today with a fellow believer or one of my sons.
    Knowing that is not possible anytime soon, does not diminish the thought of those precious times. Just a simple thing isn’t it?
    A meal, shared with fellow believers and those dearest to us, our children and grandchildren. Jesus, thank you for making it possible for me to have a relationship with you, even though sometimes (more than I care to admit) it is one side. You being the giver and me the taker. Lord come close so that I can be more of a giver.

  23. Dale Nerison says:

    Thank you Lord for commemorating your plan of salvation with a meal.
    Thank you for provide for our basic need for food.

  24. Lewis Thompson says:

    I want so much to have a meal with you again. To rejoice in the Lord’s Goodness! His ever-present Love for us.

  25. Jacob Michael Lamen says:

    In my earlier days as a Catholic, I recall never feeling like I had done enough or met the requirements to take communion. As a Presbyterian I always feel the invitation to share in communion with Christ. Accepting God’s agape is the only real requirement for me.

  26. Dave says:

    Drive-thru Jersey Mikes on me boys we can sit outside on Toms porch to eat or in our driveway. Let’s try to do so next week. I will get the sandwiches, and meet outside to eat after. Let me know what day for lunch or dinner works for you two?

  27. Gary says:

    Can’t ask a brother to dinner as covid 19 is preventing us from doing so. But will take a raincheck for this challenge.

  28. Nick says:

    Lord thank you for your sacrifice. And forgiving us for sins that we feel guilty about in our hearts.

  29. Dan says:

    When we truly recognize the depth of GOD’s grace and love for us, we can see the gift of receiving the new covenant.

  30. Dave Benson says:

    I had to ask myself when I read “Is it I ?” if I’m truly a slave to Christ. It seems to easy to profess commitment and then deny Christ by the way I live! Thank you Lord for allowing your Spirit to convict me and draw me closer to you!

  31. Coach says:

    Thank you God for the blessings that are given to us throughout our lives on a daily bases. Let us not forget to give thanks to God for our daily bread and the symbol of sacrifice and everlasting life.

  32. Bob says:

    Thank you Jesus for you are the perfect lamb of God and you loved me do much that you would give your life as a sacrifice for my sins so I may one day live forever with you in heaven.
    Thank you as i really can’t imagine how much you do you me.

  33. Rich Gorecki says:

    I am thankful for the Last Supper and take seriously a deep confession for my sins (OK, maybe this is from my Catholic upbringing!)

  34. Rafael Dixon says:

    Brothers I would love to go break bread with you guys. But in this current day and time I can’t. Thank you God for your blessing of salvation.

  35. Christopher Keeper says:

    Lord thank you for ALL you provide, I am truly thankful for ALL you have done for me Lord, please do not ever let me take it for granted! I love you, amen

  36. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    The Passover meal for Israel is a celebratory meal observed once a year in memory of their deliverance out of Egyptian slavery.
    Lord I remember and continually thank you for your obedient sacrifice for my eternal life.
    I thank you for the New Covenant you brought us into through that sacrifice – we now have a personal relationship with you. Thank You Lord Jesus.

  37. Duc says:

    Thank God for sacrificing “the Lamb” for my sin and humankind’s!!!! Praise the Lord for His love.

  38. Kevin says:

    I pray her God nourishes the food that we eat and that we do not want for food. I will take a brother out for a meal when this stay at home order is over with.

  39. Jeff brown says:

    Thank God for the pig and the cow and all that we have in this country. My son loves bacon also! Going to have to do virtual communion.

  40. Ching says:

    Good thing we have a new covenant with God. My son eats bacon every day, I don’t think we will survive in any other religion.

  41. Stephen Rovezzi says:

    This was the day I was going to bring everyone in our group out to lunch…but alas….no restaurants open. All kidding aside, as I eat today, I will reserve a moment to pray for us, us guys, celebrating that new covenant brought to us by our Savior. Ok now, let’s eat!

  42. John D says:

    Not going out to lunch today but planning for dinner with my wife tonight. Burgers on the grill with baked beans. In this unusual time, I have made plans with a few friends for lunches in may and we are catching up by phone.

  43. Davin says:

    Great reminder of our salvation and the work of the cross. For God To Passover our sins and see only the perfect life of Jesus. Not gonna lie though.. Wishing I could go out to lunch today! The things we take fir granted.

  44. Bryce says:

    Heavenly Father, thanks for sending Jesus and his never ending promise of salvation through faith. We are grateful and blessed.

    • Eric says:

      God My Father Lord and Jesus, Thank you for giving us the gift of your one and only Son! Your Love is Overwhelming!

  45. Michael says:

    Thank you God that your mercies are new each day, and I can take it one day at a time, not worrying about tomorrow, but focused on today

    • Jesse says:

      Thank God for putting me in a position to be in a positive time of my life today. It’s fantastic to let him guide me thru the good times and the difficult ones. I am very optimistic to have a successful future as I stay in the here and now living one day at a time.

  46. Eric M. says:

    Thank you Lord for ALL that you have provided me. As I sit here thinking about all you have done for me and yet how undeserving I am to receive these blessings it just reconfirms how wonderful you are. So today Lord I’m going to try and think about you each time I eat and remember how significant this action is to honoring YOU.

  47. Jim Butterfield says:

    In the midst of Covid-19 it may be difficult to take a brother to have a meal. However it is about relationship pick up the phone and call someone. If for no other reason to say hi and Jesus loves you. BeSafe, Be Well.

  48. Tim Kelley says:

    Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin, Hebrews 9:22. Lord, thank you for your provision for my sin. You are the way maker, beautiful Savior, light in the darkness, that is who you are. Help me to remember.

  49. Charles Culver says:

    Praise God, my brothers, for this is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice in it and give God the praise.

  50. Bill Higley says:

    Well, I can’t take you out today, but I will pray a prayer of thanks for this New Covenant and for each of you when I eat today. Blessings

    I couldn’t log on yesterday, did you have the same problem?

  51. Eric Jensen says:

    Thank you, God, for the new covenant that includes ME! When you invited your disciples to eat and drink, you were inviting me….US! Thanks you for forgiving my sins, past, present, and future, and for wanting relationship with me.

  52. Ed says:

    Taking a rain check on taking a brother out. Thank you God for your son’s sacrifice. Help me be a Man at the Cross today.

  53. Tim says:

    Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.. Thank God for sending his one and only son to shed his blood on a cross so that we can be forgiven..

  54. Tom says:

    To all my brothers out there, we may not be able to sit and have a meal together due to social distancing but as I sit at my table to bless and eat my meals today, I will ask God to bless all of you who are having meals throughout this day.

  55. David B says:

    Such perfect timing… we will be celebrating communion this week during our online service. This provides a slightly different perspective.

    • Darin Palmer says:

      Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross for our sins and our salvation! God , Thank you for allowing us to repent and be forgiven of our sins and start anew each day!

  56. Austin says:

    Lord, bless this day, give me the strength to stay consistent and have perspective. Today is a great day ?

  57. KF says:

    Thank God for this new covenant. For walking with me, guiding me and for forgiving me when I fall short.

  58. Brian says:

    I’d love to take all of you out to eat today. I will pray for you as we celebrate Jesus, our Lord.

  59. Walter says:

    To many times we take for granted what Jesus did, his sacrifice, that we are not thankful enough. Sure we may say a before meal prayer, today we should slow down and take an extra couple minutes and sincerely appreciate that sacrifice!

  60. Chee Khiam Tay says:

    As we share the meal with Jesus and with each other in the Holy Communion , we remember Jesus as the sacrificial , his blood is splashed over us , so that God judgement is passed over. Jesus need only to die once but we need to remember Him always and what He did for us at great cost to Himself..

      • Warren M Campbell Sr says:

        Thank God for the Lamb of God. I’m now able to eat at God’s table because I’m in His family because of the Lamb thank you Jesus for your great sacrifice. Love you always.