3.4.9.1 Jesus institutes Holy Communion

The Lord had gathered together with the twelve Apostles for the feast of the Passover. As they were seated at the table, the Son of God instituted Holy Communion: "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, 'Take, eat; this is My body.' Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins'" (Matthew 26: 26-28). Thereby His earlier words, which had caused many of His disciples to turn their backs on Him, became understandable: "Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you" (John 6: 53).

During the meal, the Lord identified His betrayer. The latter left the fellowship "and it was night" (John 13: 30).

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