On this night when our Lord Jesus Christ was betrayed into the hands of sinful men, we receive the blessings of forgiveness and new life as we partake of the Lord’s Supper. Looking ahead to the death of Jesus on Calvary’s cross, we remember with the apostle John that both water and blood flowed from Jesus’ side as He was pierced by the spear of a Roman soldier (see John 19:34). The flowing water reminds us of the mystery of our Baptism, as God the Father cleanses us of our sin and makes us His children. The flowing blood reminds us of the deep love of the Savior, who allowed Himself to die a horrific death so that we may experience a glorious resurrection, and it points to the Sacrament of our Lord’s body and blood. May the blessings of Jesus flow into our lives as we gather to worship Him.