Day 21
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A Covenant

Scripture

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

Devotional

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, it was not originally called initially. Instead, Jesus and the disciples made arrangements to celebrate the Passover meal (which was a Jewish dinner that commemorates the Exodus from Egypt).

For those that don't know, this Passover meal commemorated a night in Hebrew history just before being released from years of captivity in Egypt. God commanded that the blood of unblemished lambs was to be spread on the doorposts of homes so that the Angel of Death would see it and pass-over the house, not harming the firstborn males who resided within. This commemorative meal was a celebration of God's salvation in the past and future. While the men thought they were celebrating a past meal, they were celebrating 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 is about to be sacrificed for the sins of all mankind.

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 the flesh and blood promise of God, not man. It's a covenant that will never end.

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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81 thoughts on “A Covenant

      • 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.

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  1. 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..

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  2. 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!

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  3. Austin says:

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

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  4. 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!

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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..

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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  14. 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

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    • 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.

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  15. 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!

  16. 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.

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  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. 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!)

  26. 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.

  27. 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.
    Amen

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  28. 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!

  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. 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.

  31. 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?

  32. 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.

  33. Lewis Thompson says:

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

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  34. 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.

  35. 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.
    Amen

  36. 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.

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  37. 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.

  38. Jon Brady says:

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

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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!!

  42. 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

  43. 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.

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