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April 4 – Jesus Through the Pages Day 39

The 6-week period of Lent leads up to Easter and is a time for believers to really take in all Jesus did for us through his death and resurrection. This Lent, we are preparing by digging deep into Jesus’ character through the pages of the Bible. Our daily Bible readings will go from Genesis to Revelation searching for Jesus and who he is. Our study uses the SOAP method of Bible study to seek an application for each reading (not sure what this is? Check out the What’s SOAP? tab). We have provided an example SOAP note below today’s reading. Join in this study by completing the daily readings and journaling using SOAP and you are welcome to use the Comments section at the bottom of our homepage to share or ask questions.

Jesus is the body and blood.

Reading:

Mark 14:12-26 12 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 13 So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. 14 Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 16 The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. 17 When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. 18 While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.” 19 They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me?” 20 “It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me. 21 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” 22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” 23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. 25 “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” 26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

SOAP Note

The Meal Above All Meals | Kathy Page

Scripture

Mark 14:22-24

Observation

Jesus took two traditional parts of the Passover meal, the passing of bread and the drinking of wine, and gave them new meaning as representatives of his body and blood.  He used the bread and wine to explain the significance of what he was about to do on the cross.
We sometimes get so caught up on what the bread and wine mean, we forget what Jesus said to do with them – Take and Eat.
Take – this will not be forced upon us.  We have to receive it.
East – this is vital for us.  Without food and drink we will die.  Without Jesus, we will die.
We must receive Jesus into our innermost being.  Only Jesus can establish a new covenant sealed with His blood.  The new covenant focused on an inner transformation that cleanses us from sin.  This covenant is about a new, close relationship with God.

Application

The death of Jesus, His broken body and spilled blood, is the bedrock of the Christian faith.  Without it, we are not saved and have received no redemption.  Jesus’ death on the cross was the holy God’s indictment against sin.  This was the price that must be paid.
We remember the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  We remember what this body and blood means to us.
We remember why God sent His Son for us.
The Lord’s Supper is a time to look back – remembering the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for our sin.
It is a time to look forward – looking for the return of Jesus.  It is in anticipation of the day we take Communion with the Lord Himself at the head of the table.
It is a time to look within.  It is an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to reveal to us if we are holding on to something we need to confess and seek God’s forgiveness.

Prayer

Father, we thank You for this Meal above all meals.  Thank You for the body and blood of Your Son, the pledge of our salvation.  Help us to always remember that His body, torn, beaten, and battered, took the curse of sin from us.  Help us to remember His blood that was spilled split the veil that kept us from You.  We are welcome into Your presence.  Help us to always remember Your work for us in the body and blood of Jesus, our Savior and the Lord of our lives. In Jesus’ Name.

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