On the day the Passover lamb was sacrificed, Jesus — ‘the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’ — takes the Passover bread and wine, and creates a new ceremony for a new covenant. Too often we who have been invited to eat with Jesus have betrayed him with our divisive debates over the method and the meaning of celebrating this sacrament. But it will not do to ignore it for fear of causing offense, for we have been commanded to Do This in remembrance of Jesus’ death for us, to Do This as a sign and means of our communion with Christ, to Do This as a proclamation of the coming kingdom of God, to Do This as a demonstration of and petition for Christian unity.
Eating: Cottage Pie, Leafy Salad with Feta Cheese, Ice Cream with Strawberries, Cheese & Crackers, Coffee and Chocolate Truffles (ie. Graduation Meal Leftovers).
Present: Peter & Taryn + Isaac; Abigail, Sophie, Lucy, Ryan; Linda + Adam; Mrittunjoy; Hannah, Bethalee; Doug.
Passage: Mark 14:12-26
On that subject…
— Jews For Jesus explains the significance of some of the Passover meal here.
— I’ll add here that personally, this was a significant Sunday for me. At our DTS Graduation the night before, I had baptised someone for the first time, and we had planned to close with Communion, but we were running late and so decided to end without. So it happened that we arrived at this passage with wine and unleavened matzot providentially provided! And as if the Holy Spirit were going the extra mile to assure me that my spiritual status as a born-again child of God does give me sacramental authority, that morning at my local Anglican church, the sermon had been preached on the Great Commission, and had repeated the point that the Great Commission is for all of us; discipling, teaching, baptising — it’s for all of us!