And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He said,
‘Take this, and divide it among yourselves.
For I tell you that from now on I will not drink
of the fruit of the vine until the Kingdom of God comes.’
And He took bread, and when He had given thanks,
He broke it and gave it to them, saying,
‘This is my Body, which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.’
And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying,
‘This cup that is poured out for you is the New Covenant in my blood.’
Luke 22:17–20 [also Matthew 26:27 and Mark 14:23]
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And so following Jesus’s pattern, Paul in Acts 27:35 “…took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all he broke it…” ‘Tis the season….What would your answer be? Yes, this is the beginning of the holiday season. A time of joy and excitement. Families gather together at the same table, all over the country and feast on turkey and dressing and sweet potatoes and so much more. We will eat until we can’t eat anymore…and then some. The television will be set to football (and probably more than one game at a time will be watched). But I wonder, will we remember the ‘why’ of all of this?
Will we remember that if Jesus had not come to this earth, to walk as a man and perform miracle after miracle, healing the sick and restoring sight to the blind, that we wouldn’t have the kind of life that we have now? I imagine that joy and peace wouldn’t be present either…but I don’t even want to imagine it, do you?
In the verse above, Jesus gave thanks, before He gave them the bread and wine, at the Last Supper. Shouldn’t we do the same? Even if your life is broken, like the bread, giving thanks can change it all. It might not change the actual circumstance, but it will open up your heart to joy and gratitude.
- If you don’t get that promotion or that dream job, you can still give thanks…God has something totally for you and better than you could ever imagine.
- If you don’t marry that man (or woman) that you just know is for you, thank God! He has someone for you that is so amazing and you may not even know him (or her) yet.
- If you are at the end of your rope and nothing in your life looks like you imagined or hoped for. In fact, it is not even close to what all your friends around you have…I pray that you give thanks.
Your life is so important to God and He wants so much for you…giving thanks opens doors that you never knew would open. You are trusting your Father to do what He does best’—and thanking Him is trusting Him. I heard this saying this week:
Worry and worship cannot exist together
…I choose worship! What about you?
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Do you know Jesus? If you haven’t asked Him to be your Lord and Savior, then I urge you to pray this prayer with me:
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I need forgiveness. I believe that You sent Your Son Jesus, to die on the Cross, to save me from my sins. I ask that You come into my life and live and be my Lord. Thank You for forgiving me. Help me to keep walking with You and trusting You. Help me to live a life close to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.