This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
What comes to mind when you think of the Last Supper? Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting? Or maybe the celebration of the Lord’s Supper at your church? Possibly you know it as Communion or the Holy Eucharist. No matter what you call Jesus’ final meal with His disciples, it is one of the most important events in Christianity.
The Lord’s Supper is important to you and me because it reminds us of God’s covenant with believers. This greatest of all agreements — written in the blood of Christ — guarantees the forgiveness of sins. A right relationship with God and the promise of eternal life with the Father would be impossible without it.
There’s a sadness associated with a last meal shared with loved ones before departing on a long journey. I’ll never forget the banquet my grandmother prepared prior to my departure for boot camp. But it’s not the food on the table I recall, but the anxiety of the impending separation.
The word LAST connotes FINAL. But as it relates to Christ’s last meal on earth, it points to a future event more wonderful than anything you and I have ever experienced.
Jesus didn’t conclude His conversation with His disciples with “goodbye,” or “We’ll never meet again.” He said this: “I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:29)
In 1969, I lived in Hawaii and owned my first automobile. A rusty 1961 Chevy Impala. Back in those days, we only had AM radios in our vehicles. And how I loved to go cruising to the sounds of the hits of the day.
That year, one of the most depressing songs ever recorded became popular. Is That All There Is by Peggy Lee. The lyrics go from one tragic disappointment to another. And the chorus offers the conclusion that since life is so dreadful, “Let’s break out the booze and have a ball.”
Life with the Lord means we never have to wonder, “Is that all there is?” Someday we will dine with Jesus in heaven.
Remember what the Lord said to the thief dying beside Him on the cross? “…you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43) Death isn’t the end — but graduation to something better.
Belonging to Christ changes our outlook. Life that was futile and fatal becomes life eternal with the brightest future imaginable in a place where there is no more suffering or pain. (Revelation 21:4)
You and I weren’t at the Last Supper, but we will be at that great Forever Supper in glory.
How can we know we will be there? God’s covenant, signed and sealed with the blood of Christ guarantees it.
Negotiating contractual agreements is a hassle. When I was in radio, contracts were usually one-sided and favored management. It was difficult (mostly impossible) to get concessions I wanted.
You may be familiar with the drudgery of closing on a house that requires signing countless documents. Some protect your interests but most cover the concerns of the lender and the government.
All earthly agreements involve the burden of performance. Do your job. Pay your bills. Make your payments on time. If we fail to live up to our side of the bargain, we lose our job, home, vehicle, spouse, etc.
But with God’s covenant, He bears the burden of performance. We don’t have to beg for perks because they are freely given.
The blood of the covenant guarantees that the event we call the Last Supper is a foretaste of glory divine. “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15
For more on this topic, check out this article: The Extent of the Lord’s Forgiveness
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.