What Jesus Did! 'I Will Drink it New' — Mark 14:24-26

Saturday, October 22, 2016

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Then Jesus said, "This wine is my blood. My blood (death) begins the new agreement {from God to his people}. This blood is given for many people. I tell you the truth. I will not drink this wine again until that day when I drink it in the kingdom of God and the wine is new." All the followers sang a song. Then they went out to the Mount of Olives.
— Mark 14:24-26 NLT
Illustration of Mark 14:24-26 NLT —  I will not drink this wine again until that day when I drink it in the kingdom of God and the wine is new.

Key Thought

Some debate what Jesus means when he says, "I will drink it new in the Kingdom of God." Some believe he is referring to sharing in the Lord's Supper with those who believe in him—in other words, when we share in the Lord's Supper as his Church, he joins us in this meal. Others think he is referring to the great reunion meal in heaven. I personally believe that his reference is all encompassing because the Lord's Supper meal we celebrate as his Church is anticipatory: we remember his death until he comes. He joins us in that meal just as he joined his followers on the road to Emmaus and shared that meal with them (Luke 24). However, we realize that as we celebrate the Lord's Supper here on earth, we do so in anticipation of the great meal in heaven with all of God's redeemed. What a great reminder! What a great way to anticipate the future! What a great way to pledge ourselves to each other and commit to help one another see that glorious day of victorious celebration with our Lord!

Today's Prayer

Almighty God and eternal LORD, thank you for the presence of your Son as we share in the Lord's Supper. Thank you even more for the promise that we will share the victorious meal with our Savior when he returns and takes us home to you. In Jesus' name I thank you for all of your blessings. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 24:28-35
  • Revelation 19:5-9
  • 1 Corinthians 11:26

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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