The Upper Room Discourse 7 Rabbi Michael Weiner
Mark 14:22-24 And while they were eating, He took matzah; and after He offered the bracha, He broke it and gave it to them and said, “Take; this is My body.” And He took a cup; and after giving thanks, He gave to them and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.”
1 Corinthians 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
You might suppose, after reading the quotes from Mark and 1 Corinthians shown above, that I want to write something about Communion today. You are so right. Communion is the culmination of our day (every night at home), and on Shabbat at Shomair, it is the culmination of our week.
I could write volumes on this subject and never fully express my passion for partaking in the resurrected body and blood our our Savior and Lord, Yeshua HaMashiach. After all, Yeshua Himself was passionate about it … Luke 22:15 And He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”
Part of what is happening when we share in Communion is that we share in His suffering. 2 Timothy 2:11 Trustworthy is the saying: If we died with Him, we will also live with Him. Here, Paul is declaring that Yeshua’s resurrection power is dependent on death. The more we are broken, the more He puts us together. The more submitted we are to His authority, the more He lifts us up to be seated together with Him in high places.
The broken matzah is the symbol of His body that was broken for us. That cup is filled with the “blood” of grapes (it looks like blood). It is the image of His blood poured out for us. His body was broken, but is now made alive. His blood was poured out, but now has taken up new life in the resurrection.
And the best news (heaven knows there is a lot of bad news these days) is that by the power of His blood and through faith, we are alive together with Him. We are born again into new life through His once for all time sacrifice. This is confirmed in these selected verses from Hebrews 10.
Hebrews 10:4 for it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins … 10 By His will we have been made holy through the offering of the body of Messiah Yeshua once for all … 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those being made holy … 35 Therefore, do not lose your boldness, which has great reward.
That “boldness” is described in the next verse as “perseverance … to do the will of God,” so that, “you may receive the promise.” My earnest desire and prayer is that we would all make communion a central part of our devotional lives.