While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat, this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant which is poured out out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.
Because we are Gentile Christians, we would not understand these words the way Jesus’ Jewish followers would. “This is my blood of the covenant…” This is the central theme of the covenant between God and Israel. There can be no forgiveness of sin, without the shedding of blood, i.e. bulls, goats, lambs, etc.
In this upper room, He offered them the cup, the Holy Spirit recorded His words for eternity, and Jesus told them His blood is poured out upon mankind for the forgiveness of sin. They are celebrating the feast of Passover. In the time of Moses, the blood of the lamb on the doorpost of the Hebrew home would allow the angel of death to passover them. For those of us who are born again believers in Jesus, the Saviour, Jesus has provided His blood on the doorpost of our hearts. We will not perish, but have life in Him.
NOTE: I published this on Mon day, but according to my computer, it never actually published on the site. I apologize. Most likely I hit a wrong button and sent it into cyberspace.