‘”My blood of the New Testament…is shed for many, for the remission of sins!… I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine — until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s Kingdom!’ Matthew 26:28-29.
Calvin comments: “While they were eating…, Christ took bread to invite them to partake of a new supper — that is, of the Lord’s Supper…in which the disciples partake…with each other….
“He bids His disciples take…. It is He alone Who offers…. It is an…inversion when a mortal man (like a papist priest)…commanded to take the body of Christ, claims the office of offering it…. That bread is not consecrated by whispering and breathing, but by the clear doctrine of faith…. It is a piece of magic and sorcery, when the consecration is addressed to the dead element….
“Christ consecrates the bread when He declares to us that it is ‘His body.’ We must not suppose that there is any change of the substance…. When…transubstantiation had once been introduced, it would not now admit any light of true interpretation of these words…. They (the Romanists) are delighted with the…literal sense. Why, then?…. They do not admit that the Rock was actually Christ (cf. First Corinthians 10:1-4)!…
“The bread is called His body, because it is a symbol of the body of Christ…. The Papists…maintain that what we see is not bread…. But their absurd fancy is refuted by Paul, who asserts that the bread which we break is the communion of the body of Christ (First Corinthians 10:16)…. Christ does not say ‘This (wine) is My blood’ — but ‘this cup in the New Testament is My blood!’… The words related by Matthew — ‘I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine’ — plainly show that what He delivered to the disciples to drink, was wine (rather than blood)….
“The body of Christ did not, by clothing itself with an incorruptible life, lay aside its own nature…. It follows that it is finite. It is not infinite, but remains in some particular spot…. Nothing could be more unreasonable than to draw down Christ to the Earth — when, on the contrary, He calls us upwards to Himself…. ‘For I say to you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine — until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s Kingdom!’
“He intended to place His death before their eyes in the Holy Supper…. He was now leaving the world…. They had no occasion for shrinking from the thought of His death, which would be followed by a better life…. ‘I am now hastening to My death…, in order that I may pass from it to a blessed immortality — not to live alone without you in the Kingdom of God, but to have you associated with Me in the same life!’… Since Christ has died and been received into Heaven — we ought to be led from the contemplation of the cross, to Heaven…. Death and the restoration of life…agree…. Our Lord promises to His disciples that, having hitherto lived with them on Earth as a mortal man, He will hereafter make them His associates in a blessed and immortal life!”
For Jesus’ blood was shed for the remission of the sins of many! And for yours too?