Day 80 | Take, Eat
January 21, 2015 - WEEK TWELVE
William Hole, The Last Supper, Public domain.
CONSIDER AS YOU READ
- If Christ said that someone in your family would betray Him, would you wonder if it would be you?
- Do you sometimes wonder who, among your associates, is greatest in the Kingdom? Is there danger in this?
- Did Christ seem angry with Judas at any point in the process of betrayal? What do you learn from that?
Jesus introduced the sacrament as a natural, foreordained extension of the Passover meal being eaten at the time. The blood of the paschal lamb—which had temporarily saved the firstborn of ancient Israel from physical death—was a sign of the blood of the Lamb of God, the Firstborn, which permanently delivered all mankind both from physical and (on conditions of repentance) spiritual death….
After expressing thanks, Jesus then passed a cup of wine, saying: “Drink ye all of it. For this is in remembrance of my blood of the new testament…” (JS-Matt. 26:23–24). Such was the common cup Jesus shared with his chosen witnesses, the cup that symbolized another cup he would drink alone—and to its dregs (D&C 19:18).
Yet there would be still another cup, one overflowing with joy, that Jesus would share with the righteous in a glorious reaffirmation of his triumph over death and hell: “I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I shall come and drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom” (JST-Matt. 26:26). “That day” refers to the millennial day; … and the partakers will be the first Twelve (less one) and all of the mighty prophets, seers, and revelators, together “with all those whom [the] Father hath given … out of the world” since time began (D&C 27:5–14). Thus, we partake of the sacramental emblems not only in remembrance of what Jesus has done, but also in testimony of what he will yet do: return as earth’s only rightful King and Lawgiver (Rodney Turner, “The Farewell of Jesus,” in Kent P. Jackson and Robert L. Millet, ed., Studies in Scripture, Vol. 5: The Gospels, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1986, 408–409).
FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
- Can you imagine what it would be like to receive the sacrament from Jesus himself?
- Didn’t Jesus give us a great example when he thanked Father in Heaven for the bread and wine for he served it to others?