17 When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. 18 While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.”
22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”
23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
24 “This is my blood of the[c] covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. 25 “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
I see Jesus inviting His disciples into a relationship so deep it was sealed with His own blood. I also see Him promising to eat and drink eternally with those who respect this relationship. And I see that one of His disciples violated that relationship, betraying Him for some unknown reason, possibly the love of money.
I understand that I have this same relationship with Jesus. I also understand that I, like the one disciple, often violate this relationship by loving other things more than Him and allowing those things to take me away from Him. One such thing is a particularly vulgar video game that takes His name in vain and contradicts His values. I will not play that game this week so that I can give my whole heart to Jesus.
Doug McCoy, Pastor
First Christian Church – Pleasant Hill