And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."
and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me."
1 Corinthians 11:24
"Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night." ---Sarah Williams
He "Christ," broke and blessed the bread.
He "Christ," gave it to the disciples.
(Symbolically) take-eat,"this (experience) (this occasion) and remember-I gave my very life for you.
Why could He not let his disciples break and pass it? I believe because He was demonstrating His humility. "Let he who would be master, be the servant of all." He did surely give His life a ransom for-all.
His life was one sacrifice after another, from restraining Himself in times of provocation, to the discipline of 40 days in the wilderness-to the disregarding of pangs of hunger and thirst and Satan's temptations, to the Lord forgive them at the cross and refusal to save himself physically.
Why did He want them to remember Him?
It was not necessarily because He was the son of God, though that was important, but what He did with His life!
He was and ever is the prime exemplar.
When you come together, it is not the Lord's Supper you eat, 1 Corinthians 11:20
They were eating the Lord's supper like it was a festival in the church. Ignoring its significance in 1st Corinthians. To do in remembrance of Him.
Blessed is the cup of wine, drink ye all of it!
A lukewarm, part time service will not do it!Drink ye all of it, or none at all--and remember-and if we believe, and we remember, we will drink all of it.
This is what He wished them and us to remember His life as He lived it!
They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, "Surely not I, Lord?"Matthew 26:22
Isn't that what we all say? Not I Lord. Do we learn our lesson of The Last Supper and take it to heart.
The lessons of humility, the lesson in seeing these events as examples, the life lesson: the long loving duty of all day long enduring adverse conditions, the lesson of suffering, the lesson of not griping and complaining, and the lesson in not only living right but the lesson on dying with complete honor.