Today's devotion is based on Mark 14:22-24. "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." Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many."
Through these words and actions, Jesus instituted a new covenant between God and humanity, one that is based on his sacrificial death on the cross. The old covenant was based on the sacrificial blood of animals is no more. When we partake of the Lord's Supper, we are reminded of Jesus' sacrifice for us and the new covenant that he established. We are reminded that through his death and resurrection, we have been forgiven of our sins and reconciled to God. We are also reminded that we are called to live in Communion with one another, just as we are in Communion with Christ.
As we reflect on these words of Jesus, let us remember his sacrificial love for us and the new covenant that he established. Let us also examine our hearts and ask ourselves if we live in Communion with Christ and one another. Are we living a life that reflects the love and sacrifice of Jesus?
Let us pray, "Dear Lord, as we partake in Communion, help us remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us and the new covenant he established. Help us live in Communion with Christ and one another, reflecting the sacrificial love that Jesus demonstrated for us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen."
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