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Mark 14:22-26 The Lord’s Supper

by Dr. D ~ November 19th, 2006

     Vs. 22  The guys were still eating and probably talking and enjoying themselves.  Then Jesus took some bread, gave thanks, and broke it, giving some to each one of them.  He said: “Take; this is my body.”  The whole tone of the supper changed in a moment.  I’m sure that all of a sudden you could have heard a pin drop.   

The last time Jesus talked like this (John 6:51-58), most of his disciples turned their backs on him and left.  The Twelve stayed with it, but I am sure the idea of eating the body and drinking the blood of Jesus was unsettling and confusing for sure.  But I’m sure they sensed that something new and important was happening that night.  Lot’s of times in the last several years, the disciples would just listen to Jesus without daring to ask for a clear explanation.  It would still be a number of months before the Twelve would truly understand the events of that evening, and before the sacrifice of Jesus would become obvious and central to the faith. 

     Vs. 23-24  Next, Jesus took a cup and gave thanks over it and served it to them, saying:This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.”  Though the twelve may not have totally understood what Jesus was saying and doing here, the symbols of blood and sacrifice could not have been missed or more poignant during the Passover.  The Passover was a celebration of the ‘older’ covenant between God and Israel.  Here Jesus is instituting a ‘new’ covenant based upon his own sacrifice.

     Vs. 25  The whole tone of the meal changed with this first ‘communion’.  The disciples had grown up eating and celebrating the Passover, but this was different.  Jesus continues:  “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.”  The twelve probably wondered what this statement really meant.  But soon events would overtake them all, and this would prove to be the last time Jesus would sit down and eat with all of them in this life.  The next meal will be the Messianic banquet-the wedding supper of the Lamb (Rev.19:9). 

     Vs. 26  Notice that they culminate the meal with a hymn.  It was a Passover tradition to sing the Hallel Psalms (Ps 115-118), usually singing the second half at the end of the meal.  Then Jesus and his disciples leave and go to the Mount of Olives to spend the night.

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