Good Morning March 24

At the beginning of the Passover meal a young boy asks, “Why is this night different from all other nights?” The host then explains that this night is the celebration of their people’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt, and all they do reminds them of God’s saving work. It was on this night that Jesus gathered with the twelve in an upper room in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. All was as expected at this Jewish feast except there was a heaviness in the hearts of those around the table. Jesus had spoken of the betrayal by one of them, and His impending death. This only deepened their sadness. It was then Jesus did something different. He took a loaf of bread, gave thanks to God, broke it apart, and gave it to them saying, “This is my body given for you.”. Then He took one of the cups of wine and gave it to them saying “Drink from it all of you. This is my blood of the covenant which is poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.” This is my body. This is my blood. Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of your sins. Words we hear down to this day as we take a simple piece of bread, and drink from the cup of wine. A commemoration as the Passover? Yes, but so much more. We are part of a new covenant in the real presence of Jesus. Believing His words we have our deliverance from bondage to sin. In this simple meal we are assured of our cleansing, and new life. That is why this night is different from all other nights.