While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Mark 14:22-26 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

This Is My Body

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As we proceed through the events of what we now call Holy Week, we feel the tension begin to mount. Jesus certainly knew what was coming. He understood the pain and agony that lay ahead. As if the physical pain of the horrific crucifixion wasn’t enough, there was the enormous pain of bearing upon Himself the punishment we all deserve because of our sin. Using the symbols of bread and wine, Jesus would give to His followers an act that would remind us of His great sacrifice. Mark 14:22-26 says, “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take it; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. ‘This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,’ he said to them. ‘Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.’ When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley