Video 3 of our Holy Week Easter Bundle
Scripture: Matthew 26:17-30
On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”
“Go into the city to a certain man,” he said, “and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My time is near; I am celebrating the Passover at your place with my disciples.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover. When evening came, he was reclining at the table with the Twelve. While they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”
Deeply distressed, each one began to say to him, “Surely not I, Lord?”
He replied, “The one who dipped his hand with me in the bowl — he will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for him if he had not been born.”
Judas, his betrayer, replied, “Surely not I, Rabbi?”
“You have said it,” he told him.
As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take and eat it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks, he gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. But 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.” After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
On Maundy Thursday, we celebrate the night Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper.
As Jesus blessed the bread and the cup, He told His disciples that His body would be broken and His blood would be poured out for the forgiveness of sins. Although the disciples did not realize it yet, Jesus was preparing to go to the cross — to give up His life so that our sins would be forgiven.
Every time we take the Lord’s Supper, we celebrate this sacrifice Jesus made for us. Although He was sinless and innocent, He chose to take on suffering and punishment and give up His life for us.
- Praise God for the sacrifice made on our behalf and the forgiveness we have found in Jesus.
- Ask God to show us whether we have put our trust in Jesus and His work through His life, death and resurrection.
- Pray that we would daily remember how Jesus gave up His body and blood so that we could be cleansed from our sins.
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by N.C. Baptist Communications