The Eucharist

As we join the Lord today, we are sitting in a room filled with great anxiety, some fear, and even some trepidation as to whom the culprit is, and this very distressed disciple asks in Matthew 26:22~…Is it I, Lord? (ESV) This is perhaps the only moment where proximity to Jesus, does not pay off well. 

For Jesus says in Matthew 26:23~He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. (ESV) Event the Psalmist writes in Psalm 41:9~Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me. (NIV) Jesus reminds them all that things must happen this way because it is written. Then He layers the Woe. Matthew 26:24~but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born. (ESV) In His omniscience and sovereignty, God knows what Judas will do, but that does not relieve Judas of his guilt. When we feel guilty we cannot help but speak, and Judas even asks to verify that he is the guilty one.

Witness here the moment as Jesus takes some bread and blesses it. Then, He breaks the bread and shares it with those sitting near Him. This does not signify His body will be broken because it will not be. For the holy scripture share that the Passover lamb is not to be broken. (Exodus 12:46) nor was the Messiah to be broken. Psalm 34:20~For the LORD protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken! (NLT) Later John confirms this John 19:36~These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: Not one of his bones will be broken, (NIV)

Jesus shares the broken bread of His body, just as you are sharing with those near to you. Telling His disciples to Matthew 26:26~Take, eat; this is my body. (ESV) Shortly after distributing the bread, Jesus takes a cup of wine, Matthew 26:27-28~and when he had given thanks (εὐχαριστέω eucharisteo) he gave it to them, saying, Drink…this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (ESV) (εὐχαριστέω eucharisteo) to give thanks when we answer the call of communion we take part in the eucharist meaning to give thanks. Today, we have given thanks to the Lord the Savior of the world, we give thanks to our personal Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Just as all of the Old Testament covenants were confirmed with blood (Exodus 24:8). Luke records that Jesus also says the cup is the new covenant in His blood (Lk 22:20). It is a new covenant that replaces the old. That’s why we have an Old Testament and a New Testament in our Bibles. Then they end supper with a hymn. Psalm 118~Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! 5 Out of my distress, I called on the Lord, the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. 7 The Lord is on my side as my helper…It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. 14 The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. 23 This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; (ESV)

So, are you giving the Lord enough thanks? We ought to be so grateful for all that the Lord has done for us in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:3~Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! For in our union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world. (GNT) Why don’t you just stand up right now and tell the Lord, how Thankful, you are. Just lavish your love on Him today and bask in His embrace.

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