And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take…
I. The new covenant of forgiveness and life. On God's side is pledged forgiveness, remission of sins, sustained acceptance. On man's side is pledged the obedience of faith. Christ, as mediator for man, receives God's pledge; and, as mediator for God, He receives man's pledge. As representative for man, He offers to God the perfect obedience, and pledges us to a like obedience; as representative for God, He brings and gives to us forgiveness and life, pledging God therein.
II. The blood which seals the covenant. The blood represents the yielding or taking of life.
1. In surrendering His life, Christ sealed our pledge that we will give our life to God in all holy obedience.
2. In giving His blood, His life, for us, as it were, to eat, He gives us the strength to keep our pledge.
III. The wine that recalls to mind and renews the covenant. God does not need to be reminded of His pledge, but frail, forgetful, busy-minded man does.
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.