Unlimited: This is My Blood
Apr 14, 2021 351
Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them (Mark 14:23–24, NIV).
Jesus took the cup of wine and, just as he did with the bread, he gave it new meaning for his followers.
Step by step, he taught them what he is about to do, which is the basis of their salvation.
Jesus said that the wine represents blood of the covenant, poured out for many, and that the blood of the covenant is his own blood. This was a completely radical idea for the disciples.
Jesus explained that the covenant of salvation between God and his people, which every Jew knew about and relied on, was centred on him, because the sacrificial blood was at the very heart of the covenant. More than that, he told them that his blood was to be poured out “for many”: many, many more than his Jewish disciples could ever imagine. It was poured out for the salvation of the world.
The Gospel tells us that when Jesus gave them the cup, they all drank from it.
It’s not good enough to have been told about the blood of Jesus. It’s not good enough to know all about the blood of Jesus. It’s not good enough to be with others who have applied it to their own lives.
Jesus said, “They all drank from it.” You have to personally apply it and accept the blood of Jesus as being the very source and nourishment of your life.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: Is this true for you? Jesus has just reinterpreted the meaning of the bread and the wine of the Passover meal for his disciples, effectively inaugurating the first “communion meal” or “Lord’s supper.” And now, in a remarkable statement, he points to the reality that his death will not be the end.