What Jesus Did! 'A New Deal!' — Matthew 26:26-30

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

While they were eating, Jesus took some bread. Jesus thanked God for the bread and divided it. He gave the bread to his followers. Jesus said, "Take this bread and eat it. This bread is my body." Then Jesus took a cup of wine. Jesus thanked God for it and gave it to the followers. Jesus said, "Every one of you drink this. This wine is my blood. My blood (death) begins the new agreement {from God to his people}. This blood is given for many people to forgive their sins. I tell you this: I will not drink this wine again until that day when we are together in my Father's kingdom and the wine is new. Then I will drink it again with you." All the followers sang a song. Then they went out to the Mount of Olives.
— Matthew 26:26-30 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 26:26-30 NLT — "Take this bread and eat it. This bread is my body."

Key Thought

Jesus begins a new relationship, a new covenant, a new agreement, a new deal with us. He spills his blood, offers up his body, and gives his life to cover our sins and offer us grace. He asks us to accept it and trust that it pays our spiritual debts and makes us holy. He asks us to receive this grace and to live in thanks for it. He asks us to take his Supper and tell his story until he returns again.
Ours is a blood covenant of grace. He has given us so much. He has paid such a high price. What is our response? Are we upholding our end of the deal?
He has given us so much; how can we offer him so little? He has sacrificed so much; how can we rebel against his Lordship? He has been so gracious; how can we not be thankful?

Today's Prayer

Precious and sacrificial Father, thank you for giving us the Lord's Supper to remind us of your grace to us in Jesus and our partnership, our covenant, in your grace. May I and my fellow brothers and sisters, live each in ways that are more congruent with his will today. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
  • Hebrews 13:20-21
  • Jeremiah 31:31, 34


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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