• By Rev. Joseph A Bias

Lent – Day 37 — A Holy Week Meditation


“This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 1 Corinthians 11:25

Traditionally the period of time between Palm Sunday and Easter is designated within the Church as Holy Week. Unlike Christmas it is an actual time in the year that corresponds historically with the events recorded in the scriptures. Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey with children and a crowd waving Palm branches and shouting “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” was and is today still celebrated in relationship to Passover.

It was during the Feast of Passover that Jesus sat down with His disciples to keep the feast. Passover is the Jewish Celebration of God’s grace, saving all the house of Israel while they were in captivity in Egypt, whose doorposts and Lentils were sprinkled with the blood of a spotless lamb, from the Judgment of death that came over Egypt and killed all the firstborn of the houses of the Egyptians.

Maundy Thursday is the time when many believers celebrate communion with a particular emphasis on the two commandments that Jesus gave His disciples at that Last Supper, sometimes also referred to as the Eucharist (Thanksgiving), the Lord’s Table and Holy Communion.

Maundy means commandment and it refers to Jesus washing the disciples’ feet and commanding that they do likewise to one another, thus demonstrating their love for one another. The second and greater commandment was to commune together with the breaking of bread and drinking of the cup, the third cup of Passover, the Ha-Geulah, the cup of the Passover Lamb (the wine) in remembrance of His death, burial, resurrection and ascension).

Of this third cup, the cup of Redemption, Jesus said,

“This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 1 Corinthians 11:25

For the disciples at the table that day, remembering the Passover was part of their physical, personal experience. They saw, they touched, they connected to the events of this week in a very real and dynamic way and they believed from one generation to the next from the time of that first Passover the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel) is God, that He is their God.

“For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.” Exodus 12:23

They were blessed to know and believe that He is dynamically involved in the lives of His people, to keep them, to deliver them, to bless and prosper them because of His unending Covenant with them.

“And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.” Leviticus 26:12

But Jesus said of us, that we are even more blessed because we have not seen Him and yet we believe, because the Holy Spirit has borne witness of Him in our hearts and we have tasted of His love, mercy and grace in that He died for us even before we were conceived and now He ever lives to make intercession for us.

“Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” Romans 8:34

“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25

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