Matthew 26:26-27. “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it: For this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
This scene is the beginning of the institution of what we refer to as Communion, or the Lord’s Supper. We have already discussed the meaning of the Passover feast. Now, the true passover Lamb is about to be slain. He instituted another feast, a wonderful memorial of His work on the cross. He called it the “new covenant,” or “new testament.” The Lord’s Supper embodies the fundamental truth of Christianity, in the same way that the Passover represented the fundamental truth of Judaism. The Lord’s Supper is a simple meal to remember what He did at Calvary; how His body was broken and His blood was shed for the remission of sin. In this new testament, His blood is shed for all; in the Judaic custom, the blood of the paschal lamb was shed only for the Jews. This is a new covenant indeed, including all who will come to Him for cleansing and forgiveness.
In the book of Luke, we can read the words that make it clear that Jesus intended the observation of the Lord’s Supper to be a memorial, not a way of salvation or of forgiveness. As we take the bread and the wine, we are to think deeply on His sacrifice in our behalf and remember Him; to be thankful, to be humbled by His great love (Luke 22:19).