The New Covenant was sealed with the blood of Jesus Christ, “the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). When Jesus instituted the Lord’s supper, He “took the cup, and after giving thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘All of you drink of it; for this is My blood, the blood of the New Covenant, which is poured out for many for the remission of sins” (Matt. 26:27-28).

By offering His own blood, He purchased remission of sin for all time, for “without the shedding of blood there is no remission….Heb. 9:22. Salvation is personal. This means that His blood must be individually imputed to each one who repents of sin and believes in Him: “This cup is the New Covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:20).

Each Christian who partakes of the small cup of wine during the Communion service is symbolizing his or her acceptance of the shed blood of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and deliverance from the penalty of sin. By partaking of the unleavened bread, each one is acknowledging faith in the broken body of Jesus Christ. These two together bring eternal life. Jesus Himself clearly said that “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, you do not have life in yourselves” (John 6:53).

The blood of Jesus Christ works in many powerful ways to bring eternal life to those who accept His sacrifice. This work began with the establishment of the New Covenant and will continue till the return of Jesus Christ.

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for shedding your blood for my sins.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR |2 SAMUEL 23-24 & LUKE 19:1-27

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