There are two things taking place, and it begins with the taking and ends with the giving. If we summed up the plan of salvation, it is in the taking and giving—taking on our part and giving on our part. We do communion in remembrance of what Jesus took and what he gave.
Mark 14: 22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. 23 And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. 24 And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. 25 Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God. 26 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
The setting is given to us in verse 15. They went into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Usually Jesus would teach in the street or temple and would take the disciples to the Garden to pray. This time they were to go to a certain house for Passover. It began at 6pm on Thursday. Jesus said he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us. Salvation is the gift of God, furnished and prepared for us just as this room was. We take him when we give him our heart and soul. It was furnished for us at great expense. This room was theirs for the night and already prepared. What Jesus did for us is paid in full; all we have to do is take him. We can’t keep our sins and salvation at the same time. We must give ourselves to him to take him. We must do something with him, for him, and unto him. Jesus readied everything for us and through the years, no matter what comes, salvation will get us through.
Jesus deliberately did things with each item on the table. He took a cake of unleavened bread and a cup of new wine representing new life. They were symbols. A new cake of bread never broken before was used. Jesus had never given in to sin. The cup was filled with the cup of God’s wrath. Sin extracts a price, and it called for this cup of justice. Without a Savior, I would have had to die. I deserve to be in that cup. I deserve to go to hell. Jesus didn’t deserve the cup. He had never sinned. Pouring into the cup meant the giving of a life. Jesus stepped in. He took the cup and bread, the symbols of what he had. He was God in the flesh—the son of God. He didn’t have to die, but he gave his all. Everything was symbolized in that cup—our body and blood. Our soul is inside, dead because of sin—a spiritual death.
Jesus took these symbols of all he was and broke the bread with his own hands. He gave it. He allowed it. I’m thankful for the bread on the table. There is hope. He gave thanks for the bread, the way to God. Then he broke it and gave it to his disciples. He said this is my body broken for you. He took the cup and filled it full. He gave it all away. For each of us he gave it all—all his body, all his blood. Our sins can be gone, washed away. The cup was the medium to wash sins away. He passed it around and said drink; this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. The many being whosoever will. As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God. I’m glad to have eaten and drank of the bread and cup. That’s what I did when I got saved. It was because Jesus gave himself.
Jesus said I will drink no more until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God. He made a new covenant for us that involved him instead of us. He had it and gave it so we could have it and give back to him. Instead of being on our way to hell, we are his children with the promise of sitting down in his kingdom in a far better time. Until that day, he said to do this—take of the cup and the bread and always remember it was because of the taking and the giving.