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December 7, 2013

The Message of the Table: The Prophesy of Sacrifice (June 2012)

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By Keith Brenton

Moments before His arrest, Jesus quoted a snippet of Isaiah to the remaining eleven, and told them that it was a prophecy about to be fulfilled in Him:[1] “It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”

If those disciples remembered their scripture as well, they would have recalled that Isaiah[2] also foretold the arrest, the judgments at trial, the suffering, the taking of His life, and – above all – the reason for it: He was to be “a guilt offering” … to “justify many” and “bear their iniquities.” And the prophecy also hinted at His victory, both with the question “Who can speak of his descendants?” as well as the triumphant answer: “He will see the light of life and be satisfied” … “I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong.”

A Prayer for the Bread
All praise and honor are due You, Father God, for You have revealed Yourself – our justice, Your mercy – to us through Your Son. You have willed that He should serve to intercede on our behalf. And, sharing Your very nature, He has poured out His life unto death for our sins. Through this bread we see the body of Jesus, pierced for our transgressions; crushed for our iniquities. Forgive us, O God, through the power of this, Your promise. Amen.

A Prayer for the Cup
We can only continue our praise and thanksgiving, Almighty God, for the giving of Your Son, Jesus, the Christ. As He poured out His life unto death, may we see His life poured out in this cup. May we dedicate ourselves to the imitation of His selflessness in pouring out our lives in gratitude and living sacrifice that honors You through Him. May we find strength in His strength, and be counted among His portion. Amen.

1. Luke 22:35-38

2. Isaiah 53:8-12

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