Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.” Luke 22:20
Today’s passage is taken from the section concerning the Lord’s Supper, when Jesus establishes a new covenant with all believers. The old covenant was with Abraham and his heirs, who became the nation of Israel. In the lamplight of the Upper Room, Jesus provided His disciples with a rare look into the future. Lifting the cup of wine, He said, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood” (Luke 22:20 NASB).
While Jesus’ actions and words appear to contradict the Law of Moses and the covenant God established with Abraham, they are really parallel in theological thought. God requires payment for sin. Therefore, there must be a covering substantial enough to remove the stain of sin in our lives.
God recognized the sacrificing of sheep and goats as an atonement for sin, but there was no eternality to this system. Jesus brought change and eternal hope to mankind. His life and death opened the way to salvation and freedom from the bondage of sin. On the Cross, a new covenant was established, and the need for repetitive sacrifice was taken away.
Christ’s death broke sin’s power over your life. You can now say no to temptation before it takes hold of you. But should you stumble, turn quickly to Him who loves you, and seek His restoration. As you confess your weaknesses, He is faithful to forgive and restore.
Father, thank You that sin’s power is broken over my life, enabling me to say no to temptation before it takes hold of me. Thank You that when I do stumble, You are faithful to forgive and restore.