Matthew – Fulfilled.
There are days that we look back over the activities and “near misses” because of the actions of others or our own lack of focus and say, “Thank you, Lord, you saved and rescued me before I even knew I needed it.” Stop, reflect and give thanks for all those moments God stepped in and rescued you. I am.
In our next passage, we read and blissfully sigh over the last, more than significant, Passover meal Jesus shares with his closest followers. The bread, sustainer of physical life, blessed and broken to share, and representative of His Body. The cup of wine, representing the blood that will be drained from him as a sacrifice to rescue us, shared. The bread and the cup, the new covenant of forgiveness, Son of God, Lamb of God, the rescue from our sin and selfishness, are the precious, righteous actions on our way to a new day of victorious living with Jesus forever.
Matthew 26, The Message
The Bread and the Cup
26-29 During the meal, Jesus took and blessed the bread, broke it, and gave it to his disciples:
This is my body.
Taking the cup and thanking God, he gave it to them:
Drink this, all of you.
This is my blood,
God’s new covenant poured out for many people
for the forgiveness of sins.
“I’ll not be drinking wine from this cup again until that new day when I’ll drink with you in the kingdom of my Father.”
30 They sang a hymn and went directly to Mount Olives.
Think about it…
–Jesus, our Savior and Lord. Our Rescue. Our Deliverer.
–In Jesus’ last moments on earth, He prepares His disciples for what is going to happen with the intimacy of The Passover Meal with His “family”, worship of a hymn and then in prayer with and for them at the garden.
–He is rescuing them before they know they will need it.
–Accept the rescue for there is a New Day coming!
Dear Heavenly Father, There are not enough words to tell you how much I love you and thank you for sending Jesus Christ to rescue us. May Your Holy Spirit speak for me in this hour of gratitude. In Jesus Name, Amen