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Matthew 26:26-30

At The Lord's Table

26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom. 30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.


Jesus used His final Passover meal to both give us a way to remember Him and to explain the meaning of His death. While we do not know the exact point during the meal where He instituted this sacrament, it is generally assumed that the bread was the afikomen (The meaning of this word has been lost.), which was broken and set aside until later in the meal, and the wine was from the third cup of blessing. The entire Passover Seder seems to have messianic symbolism. You can learn more about it by contacting your local organization for Messianic Jews*.

Jesus took the bread, blessed it, broke it, and distributed it in the traditional way, but then said, "Take eat; this is my body." This was not to be interpreted literally, of course, because He was physically present with them. Nor was it to be assumed that the bread actually turned into His body when it was eaten, because there is nothing in the wording nor implied by the Greek text that would even hint of such a thing. The bread of the Passover meal was to be thought of as symbolical of His broken body, which would soon be beaten and hung on the cross.

Again, He took the cup of blessing in the traditional way, but added, "Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." Again, we must warn that this should not be interpreted literally. The wine is symbolical, but very important to Christians. It represents the blood that was shed for our sins. "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission." (Hebrews 9:22)

Jesus was the Passover Lamb, sacrificed for the remission of sins. "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all . And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin." (Hebrews 10:10-18)

This is the New Covenant. God has written His laws in our hearts and minds and has forgotten our sins. Evident in that covenant is the thing, which we call "repentance." With God's laws in our hearts, how can we continue to willfully sin? It is not possible. Paul warned us about partaking of the sacraments without repentance:

"Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world." (1 Corinthians 11:27-34)

America has been chastened often in recent years, because we have not repented of our sins. We murder approximately the same number of babies in abortion clinics every day as there were lives lost at the World Trade Center; we have focused our national pride on our accomplishments and wealth; we have brought homosexuality into the church and taught our children that it is normal and even ordained by God; we have legalized gambling in nearly every state; we deny the divine origin of things in our schools; and pornography not only exists on the internet, but it is even the focus of much of our music. Now we want to come to God, claiming His blessings and protection under this New Covenant, without any mention of national repentance.

I fear that our punishment is not finished, if we do not repent. We are still a Christian nation, "But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world." He will punish us as much as necessary to avoid losing even one of His elect.

Perhaps you do not live in the United States. It makes no difference. God is not a respecter of persons. Do not come to the Lord's table without first repenting of your sins.

Before The Throne:

It is time to repent. Make a full confession of all of your sins. (Yes, you are also responsible for your nation's sins.) Make a commitment to God, allowing Him to lead you in the paths of righteousness. Pray for your nation and for a nationwide revival.

For Further Study:

(v.26)
** as. Mr 14:22; Lu 22:19; ** Jesus. Lu 24:30; 1Co 11:23-25; ** blessed it. Mr 6:41; ** and brake. Ac 2:46; 20:7; 1Co 10:16-17; ** Take. Joh 6:33-35, 47-58; 1Co 11:26-29; ** this. Eze 5:4-5; Lu 22:20; 1Co 10:4, 16; Ga 4:24,25;

(v.27) ** he took. Mr 14:23-24; Lu 22:20; ** Drink. Ps 116:13; So 5:1; 7:9; Isa 25:6; 55:1; 1Co 10:16; 11:28;

(v.28)
** my. Ex 24:7-8; Le 17:11; Jer 31:31; Zec 9:11; Mr 14:24; Lu 22:19; 1Co 11:25; Heb 9:14-22; 10:4-14; 13:20; ** shed. Mt 20:28; Ro 5:15, 19; Eph 1:7; Col 1:14, 20; Heb 9:22, 28; 1Jo 2:2; Re 7:9, 14;

(v.29) ** I will. Ps 4:7; 104:15; Isa 24:9-11; Mr 14:25; Lu 22:15-18; ** until. 18:20; 28:20; Ps 40:3; So 5:1; Isa 53:11; Zep 3:17; Zec 9:17; Lu 15:5-6, 23-25, 32; Joh 15:11; 16:22; 17:13; Ac 10:41; Heb 12:2; Re 5:8-10; 14:3; ** with. Isa 25:6; Mt 13:43; 16:28; 25:34; Lu 12:32; 22:18, 29, 30; Re 7:17;

(v.30) ** when. Ps 81:1-4; Mr 14:26; Eph 5:19-20; Col 3:16-17; ** hymn.or, psalm. they went. Lu 21:37; 22:39; Joh 14:31; 18:1-4;

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