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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The Last Supper - The First Holy Communion

On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread or Passover, Jesus sent two of His disciples ahead with very specific instructions on where to prepare the Passover meal. That evening Jesus sat down at the table with the 12 apostles to eat His final meal before going to the cross. As they dined together, He told the twelve that one of them would soon betray Him.

One by one they questioned, "I'm not the one, am I, Lord?" Jesus explained that even though He knew He would die as the Scriptures foretold, His betrayer's fate would be terrible: "Far better for him if he had never been born!"

When he was betrayed Jesus took the bread and the wine and asked His Father to bless it. He broke the bread into pieces, giving it to His  disciples and said, "This is My body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me."

And then he took the cup of wine, sharing it with his disciples and said, "This wine is the token of God's new covenant to save you - an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you."

He told all of them, "I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father's Kingdom."

In summary: On Holy Thursday, Jesus celebrated Passover with His disciples. During the dinner, He performed the first communion ceremony with breaking the bread and telling his disciples to break bread and drink wine as His body and blood in memory of Him. He also predicted that one of the disciples at the table would betray Him that night. From here, He left to pray in the garden of Gethsemane, where He was then betrayed and arrested.

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” -Ephesians 1:7