Pastor Jeff Reed
Hillside Covenant Church
Luke 22:19-20 Then he took a loaf of bread; and when he had thanked God for it, he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This wine is the token of God’s new covenant to save you–an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you.
Jesus had broken bread in miraculous fashion before. Once He broke five loaves and fed five thousand men (Mark 6:38-44). Later He broke seven loaves into food for four thousand people (Mark 8:5-9). Jesus had also ‘poured’ wine in miraculous fashion before. At a wedding in Cana He turned six 30-gallon purification jars filled with water into the best wine the maitre’ d had ever tasted.
But, in this quiet moment with His disciples, Jesus surpassed those miracles with the greatest miracle of all. Taking the bread and the wine of the Passover Seder, Jesus gave Himself to His disciples (and to all those who would ever be His disciples throughout the rest of history) in the most intimate, in the most humble, in the most strengthening and loving way possible. He gave Himself to them, and to us, as food. As that which fundamentally nourishes and sustains, as that which makes life possible, as that, without which, there is no hope, no spark, no energy, no life. In the desert of the broken cosmos, Jesus allowed Himself to become the true Manna that would give life to the world. In the communion meal, whenever we eat it, we receive the invitation of Jesus again to taste life at its purest, and to find ourselves without hunger, to find our deepest thirst quenched (John 6:35). And with the disciples we cry out, “to whom else shall we go?” (John 6:68). Jesus in us is the mystery of the ages, the hope of glory, the feast without end.
Prayer: Jesus: thank You for giving Your life for us and to us, that it might live in us and through us, for our sake and for the sake of the world! Amen.