S (Scripture): Luke 22:14 Now when the hour came, Jesus took his place at the table and the apostles joined him. 15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 Then he took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And in the same way he took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.
O (Observation): The Passover meal/festival was an annual remembrance of when God rescued the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt. As the last of the 10 plagues God sent on Egypt, the Spirit passed over the homes of those who who sacrificed a lamb to God and then placed the blood of that lamb on the doorpost of the home.
Now, Jesus is re-interpreting the Passover. Eating bread and drinking wine is a reminder of who Jesus Christ is and what Jesus has done for us. Jesus has set us free from sin, and this meal frees us from our sin and reminds us of God’s love for us.
The covenant God established with God’s people back in Jeremiah 31 is coming to fruition. Jesus’ death will be as the lamb sacrificed in the Exodus. Jesus’ sacrifice will stand for us and set us free.
A (Application): As the football season begins, we enter a new season of life. Kids are back in school, routines kick in. For our family, that means football practices, choir, band, babysitting, and … repeat.
A new season has begun…and a new era, since our oldest (13) is moving into more and more independence. Our middle child (10) is learning more about her identity. And our youngest (4) is learning how to entertain herself. We are constantly seeing our children mature before our very eyes.
As God’s children, we are supported and made new. Even though we move in many different directions as a family, we do our best to gather and focus at the start and end of each day. And every week, God gives us a chance to remember who and whose we are. As our children come to the altar – yes, all of them – they receive the body and blood of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
We celebrate the gift of Jesus’ body and blood, given and shed for all people. And as we walk away from the altar, we sense a new thing happening in us. Forgiveness. Being washed clean. Sharing peace with our neighbor.
Have you received this gift lately? If not, find a local ELCA congregation and get in on this goodness. Check out ELCA.org to find a congregation near you.
P (Prayer): Lord, your gift to us has set us free! For this, we give you thanks. Amen.