On Maundy Thursday, surrounded by His friends and companions, Jesus broke a loaf of bread and shared it with those in attendance. Likewise, He offered wine, the same wine He was about to drink.
As He distributed the bread, He instructed His disciples to take and eat as it was His body. As he shared the cup, He instructed His disciples to take and drink, for this was His blood.
Jesus would share His very body and blood with his disciples, and ultimately, with all of us. But what did Jesus mean by sharing this bread and wine, body and blood?
The bread represented his humanity. He was instructing His disciples that He shared the same body, the same humanity, as all humans. Through this act of sharing bread, Jesus was informing His disciples that He was united with all through the same humanity. Through Jesus, we are all one. Jesus shared the same human condition that each one of us will experience, with all its ups and downs, pain and pleasure. We are all the same substance.
Likewise, Jesus shared His wine, His blood. The wine represented the eternal spirit he shares with His Father in Heaven. Deep inside, through the blood of Jesus, we share the same essence, the same spirit as He and His Father. We are all one with Jesus, and His Father, through our eternal spirit.
This does not mean that we are God. No. No. However, this does mean that we share in the same eternal substance deep inside as Jesus, and through Jesus, with God the Father.
During supper, Jesus asks His disciples to remember Him. We all carry the body and blood of Jesus, through our humanity, and through our eternal spirit. Jesus offered more than mere food and drink on that fateful night. He shared the way to know, beyond all doubt, that we are united with Him, then and now, now and forever.
The passage in Matthew 26:26-29 recounts the Lord’s Supper. I welcome your comments, for there is more to the story.