While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” - Matthew 26:26-29
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” - John 13:34-35
Dear Jesus, you are love personified and on the night before you died, you gave us two commands (mandates) that are natural desires for anyone changed by your love. The first was that we would draw near to you often in the Lord's Supper for a hug from heaven from you as we take your very body and blood shed for us. The second is that we love one another as you have loved us. Both mandates given on Maundy Thursday are a delight for my redeemed soul. I love drawing near to you and I love forgiving and loving those around me, both friend and foe. Please deepen my understanding of how the Lord's Supper and the command to love are foundations for my life. Give me insight into how I can reflect what you are teaching me to others in a simple and powerful way too. AMEN
Additional Readings: Matthew 26, John 13-17
The Lord’s Supper is the closest we get to heaven before we pass from this life to the next.