And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish. The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born. Mark 14:20-21
As we talked about yesterday, Judas was evil and sold out The Lord for 30 pieces of silver. Jesus is revealing this now to his disciples, that one of them will betray him. When Jesus made this statement, the disciples looked at each other, having no idea who the son of perdition was. Even Judas tried to cover it up by saying “Surely not I Rabbi” (Matthew 26:25) Judas was filled with Satan and as Jesus said “It would have been better if he was never born”
But God uses the evil of this world for his own good, the scripture told us the Messiah must die for the sins of the world. God used the evil in Judas heart to fulfill this requirement. Its just hard to imagine, Judas spent 3 years with The Lord and would betray him for some money. As Jesus said “What does it profit you to gain the whole world but to lose your soul”
And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. Mark 14:22-24
Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper or known as the Eucharist or Communion. This is a fulfillment of the Passover Feast. As the Apostle Paul stated “Jesus is our Passover Lamb” (1 Corinthians 5:7) Jesus is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world (John 1) The final sacrifice for sin is about to take place and Christ has fulfilled this. The Lords Supper is the remembrance of this event, where God has provided us salvation
As Jesus taught us, the bread is symbolic for his broken body on the cross. The cup is symbolic for the shedding of Christ’s blood which purifies our sins. The blood is a sign of the New Covenant Jesus established on the cross! The blood of the New Covenant that was shed for many not just Israel
Jesus also stated “Do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19) Jesus commanded the Lords Supper as a sacrament that shouldn’t be neglected. As Paul stated “As often you eat the bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26) Proclaim Jesus as your Passover Lamb often, Do this in remembrance of Christ! Amen!