DRINKING THE BLOOD OF JESUS
6th November, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: DRINKING THE BLOOD OF JESUS
Matthew 26:26-28 (KJV)
 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Our theme Scripture is a reference to the last Passover feast Jesus had with His disciples. During this feast, Jesus introduced a new practice, different from the Passover ritual of marking one’s side posts and upper doorpost with the blood of a lamb.
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and called it His Body which is broken for us. This was a departure from the usual practice of eating roasted flesh of a lamb during the Passover; and this has been observed and is still being observed by Christians ever since. Of significant note was when Jesus took the cup, and after giving thanks, gave it to His disciples, and said, “DRINK YE ALL OF IT, FOR THIS IS MY BLOOD OF THE NEW TESTAMENT…”
Under the Old Testament, the practice was to strike the two side posts and upper doorpost of their houses with the blood of the lamb, but when Jesus introduced the new practice under the New Testament, He told us to drink His Blood. Since everything that happened during the Passover under the Old Testament was a shadow of the real, does that not suggest to us, that, the doorway to our physical bodies is our mouths? Yes, our lips constitute the “two side posts and upper doorpost of our bodies.” Hence, drinking the Blood of Jesus is just like striking the two side posts and the upper doorpost of one’s house with the blood of a lamb.
You see, we ought to take the Words of Jesus very seriously! He is the lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8). If drinking the Blood of Jesus is as good as “marking the two side posts and the upper doorpost of your house” with His Blood, what do you think could be the consequences if one chooses to ignore Jesus’ instruction?