Do This in Remembrance of Me
The observance of the “Last Supper” by Jesus and his disciple appears in all four gospels, though John does not give details of the meal itself (Matt. 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:19, 20). The particular elements of the meal mentioned in the gospel records (and repeated later in 1 Corinthians) each become significant for the development of the observance later by the early church. First, Jesus “blessed” (Matt 26:26, Mark 14:22) or “gave thanks” (from eucharistéō, Luke 22:19) for the bread, which he then “broke” and gave to his disciples, saying, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Likewise, “he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins’” (Matt 26:27–28; cf. Mark 14:23–24, Luke 22:20). Finally, Jesus and his [more]
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