Verse of the Week
And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.” [Mark 14:24]
The Passover meal for the Jewish people was a time of remembrance. It was a meal that represented a past victory for the Jewish people. The Passover meal was prepared and performed to point the Jewish people back to God and His deliverance of them from Egyptian captivity. As this is being performed and Jewish people are looking back at God’s faithfulness in the past as hope for his faithfulness in the future Jesus takes the bread, blesses it, and says, “Take it; this is my body.” Then it says He took a cup and they all drank from it and he told them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.” They are honoring God’s faithfulness in the past as hope for the future and Jesus says my body and my blood will be your hope for the future. This will now be a symbol of my body. This wine will now be a symbol of my blood and a new covenant that will be poured out for many.
God was faithful to deliver them then through past sacrifice and Jesus is showing that God is going to be faithful to secure you for eternity completely through His death. You see just participating in ritual sacrifice cannot and will never satisfy a perfect, holy God. There is no strength, nor will in our person that can earn righteousness before God. Any work that is the main requirement to be completed is something that you and I can handle on our own is not enough to pay the cost. God who is rich in mercy says HE will do something for us that we could never do for ourselves. He says I will come down the second part of the trinity God in the flesh, Jesus Christ, and I will make a perfect, holy sacrifice on your behalf and I will do for you what you could never do for yourselves.
If you will place your faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross you will no longer have to beat your head against the same wall trying to earn something that you cannot. By God’s grace through your faith in Jesus, you can know, and experience the grace of God through a relationship with Christ. You can stop beating your head against the same wall. Stop getting up every day and going through the same circle of wake up, job, sleep hoping for a better tomorrow. If you would just confess that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. You can then wake up on the other side of the wall and live a life of joy from a place of victory in Jesus Christ.
How has your week been spiritually?
What is God teaching you in this passage?
What are some of the obvious observations from this passage?
How can you grow in your worship this week?
What’s your next step in your faith? (serving, disciple group, H&S, faithful giving….etc)
How can you live, or share the Gospel message this week?
Who can you invite to church or Connect group next week?