What Does Luke 22:19 Mean?

And He took bread, gave thanks, broke it, gave it to them, and said, "This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me."

Luke 22:19(HCSB)
Picture courtesy of Keith Goodson

Verse Thoughts

The Lamb, Who was slain from the foundation of the world, meekly stood before His disciples on this unique Passover of all Passovers, to proclaim This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.  Year after years since the miraculous exodus from Egypt, the people of Israel had taken a little innocent – spotless lamb and slain it on the altar of sacrifice, before the God of Israel – as a picture of the promised Messiah, Who was to come and save His people from their sins and offer His life as a ransom for the whole world. The body and blood of the Saviour was about to be spilt for the sins of humanity.

The staggering consequences of this poignant event was veiled from the eyes of the bewildered disciples – yet the eternal significance of this amazing, sacrificial action, will reverberate down through the corridors of time -and throughout the eternal ages that are to come.

The Lord Jesus was the bread of life – the hidden manna that had been sent from heaven to give His Own life as a ransom for many. And as He broke the unleavened bread - which represented His sinless body and offered the cup which spoke of His life-blood being poured out for every member of sinful humanity – it pictured His own precious body being broken on the cross and His very life-blood being poured out before God the Father – as the only offering for sin, to pay the price for your sin and for mine.

As the Lamb, Who was slain from the foundation of the world stood meekly before His disciples on this unique Passover of all Passovers, He gave a simple command to His little band of followers, and to all who by believing on His name would be saved....  Do this in remembrance of Me.

My Prayer

Loving Father, it is staggering to try to realise that God Himself took on mortal flesh so that He could come and pay the price for my sin, so that I could be forgiven. It is indeed a thing of eternal wonderment that God should clothe Himself in human flesh to become the only possible sacrifice for sin... it is a thing of everlasting thanksgiving - that Christ broke His body and spilt His life-blood - so that by believing on His name, I might have life everlasting, for which I praise Your name for ever and ever, AMEN.

Picture courtesy of Keith Goodson

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