Read: Luke 22:7-38 (NIV84)
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
Jesus shared the Passover meal with his followers. This last supper would be the final time the Passover was celebrated before the fulfillment of the promise was secured in Jesus. Jesus shared this precious moment with Judas the betrayer, Peter the denier, and the other disciples arguing over who would be the greatest in the Kingdom. The Kingdom of God, however, is established through the suffering servant.
Jesus knew he would be disserted by everyone at the table. Peter boasted he would never fall away, but Jesus knew the truth. He knew the frailty that would lead to the failure of each of His followers, yet He loved them and believed that they would one day preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth. The body of Jesus was given to bring life, and His blood was poured out as wine sealing the New Covenant. The faithfulness of Jesus proved greater than the failures of his followers.
When you eat today remember Jesus knows you, and He loves you. When you share communion this week, remember Jesus knew you would might fail, yet He loved you all the same. Jesus is the promised one and He fulfills what God has promised to do in our loves.