Bible Verse: “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” He said to them. “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” Mark 14:24-25
Scripture Reading: Mark 14:12-26
This week we have spent time looking at the good news of Jesus from the gospel of Mark. There was the good news of forgiveness, the good news of healing, of power, of authority, and peace. Some of the good news was expected; some of it came with terrifying implications. Some of it was confusing, and some of it was simply comforting.
Sitting at the Last Supper, Jesus announced the best news of all. Good news, good news, God is doing something new. Through the symbolic cup and bread that celebrated the deliverance of Israel in the Passover event, Jesus said that God was making a new covenant through the body and blood of Jesus. In the Passover, God finally and fully laid claim to His people, those who had marked their doorways with the blood of the slaughtered lambs (Exodus 12:1-30).
In the new covenant, God claims His people through the covering of the blood of Jesus. For those who have embraced His life and death, His blood is the covering that rescues them from the coming death. Jesus inaugurated the new covenant with twelve men sitting down to eat a Passover meal. But He still offers that covenant to anyone who will accept His blood, shed by cruel and sinful human hands, as the covering for their sins. The good news is that God has offered Jesus, and the offer never expires.
Reflection: Jesus used His own blood to claim a people for himself. Are you a part of His people? If not, why not? Why not embrace the good news of Jesus today?
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for the good news of Your life, death, and resurrection.
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