An annual occasion celebrated by Bible Students worldwide. The emblems above clearly describe the Passover meal just moments before the betrayal, trial, and death of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. According to the accounts of Gospel writers Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Jesus mentioned that the bread represented his flesh, and the wine represented his blood. Many at first had taken this literally while the 12 disciples having Divine discernment knew by faith that Jesus had meant this in a figurative sense, not a literal one.
The bread was unleavened, meaning that it was pure, free from contamination, as well as other elements that could eventually spoil the bread. As Jesus’ Apostle Paul stated decades later to both the Corinthian and Galatian Congregation(s): “…a little leaven ferments the whole lump.” The wine was unsweetened, and again like the bread, unfermented represented the blood of Christ that was poured out in behalf of many here on earth.
Paul, in his first letter to the Corinthians, had brought back to mind the Lord’s Evening Meal as he recalled from the Lord as stated in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26: For I received from the Lord that which I also handed on to YOU, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which he was going to be handed over took a loaf and, after giving thanks, he broke it and said: “This means my body which is in YOUR behalf. Keep doing this in remembrance of me.” He did likewise respecting the cup also, after he had the evening meal, saying: “This cup means the new covenant by virtue of my blood. Keep doing this, as often as YOU drink it, in remembrance of me.”
As stated earlier, this is an annual occasion that is celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses in over 100,000 congregations worldwide. There are many things that describe the goings-on of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Feel free to look at the link(s) posted in this blog to learn more. To some, Jesus was the greatest man who ever lived, while others believe that Biblical accounts about him are the greatest stor(ies) ever told. The common thread between the two: They’re both right. Sadly, though, other believe that he was a mythical figure in the history books. But (we) encourage all who are curious to read their Bibles and get a clear and vivid understanding of the life of this man. From the Garden of Eden to the Israelite Kings to the Prophets down to his day, he was that promised seed. While his own countrymen despised and denied him, his father, the True God, Jehovah, in turn, denied them, again in turn, widening out to the nations of the earth to an unlimited amount of people who would accept the ransom sacrifice of Jesus and be in line for everlasting life in a promised new world.
The ransom sacrifice-as the Divine record calls it-was needed to make up for the sin that Adam [and Eve] committed as well undo the effects of sin, sickness and death that he was inflicted upon mankind. As Paul told the Corinthians; “The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam (Jesus Christ) became a life-giving Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 15:45, New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures) So to this day there remains a connection. Very soon, Jesus will come down to the earth to judge those who do good as well as those who do evil. Those who accepted the ransom sacrifice will be ushered into a new world where there will be plentiful for everybody. As the Psalms states: “Your hand will satisfy the desire of every living thing”. Or as the prophet Isaiah foretold about man’s welfare in Isaiah 65:20-24: “No more will there come to be a suckling a few days old from that place, neither an old man that does not fulfill his days; for one will die as a mere boy, although a hundred years of age; and as for the sinner, although a hundred years of age he will have evil called down upon him. And they will certainly build houses and have occupancy; and they will certainly plant vineyards and eat [their] fruitage. They will not build and someone else have occupancy; they will not plant and someone else do the eating. For like the days of a tree will the days of my people be; and the work of their own hands my chosen ones will use to the full. They will not toil for nothing, nor will they bring to birth for disturbance; because they are the offspring made up of the blessed ones of Jehovah, and their descendants with them. And it will actually occur that before they call out I myself shall answer; while they are yet speaking, I myself shall hear.”
Something to look forward to? I, for one, definitely think so! This is way better than what mere man has to offer with their man-made governments.