6.9.19 New Life Exercise

“This Is My Body, Which Is for You” ― Mark 14:22-26

Jesus put Himself at the center of this freedom-party (Passover)―signifying how, like Yahweh broke the evil rule of Pharaoh to set His people free into life with Him, on the cross Jesus would break the rule of evil and usher in the freeing rule of God for all who trust Him. He then said, “Do this in remembrance of me,” instructing His friends to continue taking this reality deep into their bones by regularly sharing a symbolic meal together.

In light of our celebration of Holy Communion, let’s each spend a few minutes in prayerful meditation on the account of the last supper. Choose whichever version of the story you like best:

Make a place for solitude and silence, read the passage slowly several times, take a few deep breaths, invite the Holy Spirit, and set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes. Then, pray with your imagination, visualizing yourself at the table with Jesus hours before His betrayal and arrest. Feel the cool evening air on your skin, hear the sounds of a shared meal between friends, smell the wine and fresh bread, and see Jesus’s face across from you at the table. Sit with Him in that moment as one of the participants in the story. Let Him look you in the eye with love, break the bread, and offer it to you, saying, “This is my body, given for you.”

Afterwards, make note of your experience―how God ministered or spoke to you through it, what He brought to mind, how He led you in it, what He wants to shape in you or move you to. We’ll share and discuss these with one another in our small groups.