Imagine this scene: “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28). There’s a small group, 11 survivors and Jesus. The faces are familiar to each other, and the conversation is intimate because everyone is comfortable being in the group. But Jesus’ words imply that this meal doesn’t end there. It doesn’t stay there. This may be Jesus’ Last Supper, but this little group will not be the last to celebrate it. There is momentum coming out of the upper room. The Spirit of Christ coming out of the upper room expands his kingdom. The Lord’s Supper is served at a very big table. His blood is poured out for many. The forgiveness of sins is for many.
How many? Imagine this last scene: “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. . . . ‘These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?’ . . . ‘These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb’” (Revelation 7:9,13,14). The body and blood of the Lamb that was given and shed for you was also given and shed for many for the forgiveness of their sins.