Matthew 26:27-29 NIV 2011
Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 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.”
This ended Matthew’s description of the Last Supper Jesus and His disciples had together. After singing a hymn they all depart to the Mount of Olives. The cup represented Jesus’ blood poured-out for sinners. Luke 22:16, “For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” Jesus gave the disciples a taste of the amazing banquet yet to come. God’s new covenant was fulfilled by Christ’s atoning death.
As a young girl I never understood Maundy Thursday’s importance. Doing some research helped me in my later years. Maundy is either derived from mandated or giving of alms. In the Philippines it is called Holy Thursday. I like reflecting on what took place that night before Jesus walked to the cross. He knew where he was going and wanted to assure His disciples this is why He came. Jesus came to die that all sinners may have a personal relationship with God.
How will I share His astonishing gift with those around me?
Amazed and thankful,