Maundy (Holy) Thursday

The Last Supper is depressing if you think about it. It’s Jesus’s last meal before his crucifixion that he shares with his twelve disciples. In Matthew 26:26-29, Matthew describes the feast.

 “Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”” 

The feast of Passover is full of significance for the Christian faith. In this verse, Jesus tells his disciples to eat  bread and drink wine that symbolize his body and blood. If you ask me, it sounds a little like cannibalism. No one wants to think when they are taking communion that they are eating the flesh of man. But what makes Jesus’s flesh different from all other men’s? It is holy. Don’t worry, we don’t actually eat his body and blood during communion. It’s all symbolic.

So what’s the symbolism? Well, when we take communion, we are taking his body and blood so we are forgiven for our sins. This is why communion is such a big deal. It shouldn’t just be snack time during church, although the bread is pretty good, it should be a time of deep connection with the Lord. He is allowing us to be saved by taking the bread and wine that he has blessed.

Let’s connect this to our daily life. Okay, I know humans love their food, especially Americans. We have innumerable amounts of restaurants. It’s sad to say this, but sometimes the highlight of our day has to do with food. Don’t get me wrong, I love good food, especially sweets, but we need to think about why the Lord has given us food. He gave it to us to keep us living. Not everyone in this world is as fortunate as us to eat. I was talking to someone the other day who shared with me that when he was younger, he rarely had dinner. This guy grew up in a city and went to a good school. You never would have thought his mother couldn’t afford meals for him.

We are blessed with nourishment to the body. The least we can do is honor the Lord while we receive this blessing. Take a look at 1 Corinthians 11: 27-29.

” Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.” 

We shouldn’t eat or drink in an unworthy manner. If we do, we are dishonoring the Lord by taking his blessing for granted. At the Last Supper, Jesus gave his disciples bread and wine so they could be saved from their sins. The Lord has given us food and drink on this earth for the same reason.

Challenge:

When you eat today, think about what it truly means. Don’t take the food for granted. Tomorrow, Jesus dies for our sins. We should honor him today while we eat by blessing the food and eating and drinking to glorify God.

Look back over these verses and think about what they mean to you. I suggest memorizing this verse:

1 Corinthians 10:31: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

 

 

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