This is called Holy Week, and the very name begs us to consider holiness itself.
This Holy Week is intended not only to remind us of Jesus' journey in that climactic week, but to prepare ourselves again to follow him.
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While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
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After all the preparations had been made, Jesus and his disciples ate together. During the meal Jesus took bread and wine, spoke of his own body and blood, and began the practice we know as the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion. On that night it was a reminder of the danger that Jesus was about to face, his own death on the cross.
Today we continue to break the bread and drink the cup with Jesus’ disciples across the centuries. It is a reminder of his continuing presence with us. One ancient communion confession begins “Eat this bread, remembering that Christ has died for you....”
In this Holy Week we remember those special events that continue to draw us close to God.
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O God, help me to remember what Jesus did for all his disciples then and now. Amen.next >
Prepared as you are,
Follow now your Lord,
Who goes ahead of you
To make ready the way,
To show you how to walk
This dark path.
Trust him to know where he leads you.
Bill Leonard is a professor of Baptist studies and church history and religion at Wake Forest University, where he is the founding dean of the School of Divinity.