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Let Your Life Reflect Christ

Let the work done on the cross work once again through your words, thoughts, and actions to make your life a living toast.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 14:24, ” And He said to them, ‘This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.’ “

Background

” I’d like to propose a toast. ” Who among us has not heard this famous phrase? Perhaps you have been the one at a wedding or anniversary party to make this declaration. Now, some toasts are full of sentiment and heartfelt emotion, and prove difficult for the speaker to utter amidst the sobs and tears. The father of the bride at the wedding I most recently attended struggled to share his heart as he wept with the love he felt for his daughter, and I anticipate four such displays at the weddings of my own daughters. Other toasts are intended to amuse and embarrass the guest of honor, making public some of their more private slip-ups for all to enjoy. Some well-wishers offer up traditional sentiments to the wedding couple such as, ” May you both live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live, ” or ” May the best of your yesterdays be the worst of your tomorrows. ” Or perhaps they might quote the traditional Irish blessing that begins, ” May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back…. “

Application

I don’t know if toasts existed back in the day of Jesus. Certainly the Passover was a time of celebration and emotion and would be a natural setting for this type of expression. Long- awaited deliverance had finally come after generations of the worst kind of bondage, and remembering God’s faithfulness while anticipating His ultimate Deliverer would make for a powerful experience. Such was the setting of our Lord’s final meal. Yet I do not think His words regarding the cup were meant as a toast, and I’m fairly certain He was not expecting anyone to shout ” Hear, hear ” once He was done. He was the ultimate Deliverer, the promised Messiah, and He was about to finish His work. He wasn’t crying over it, nor was He laughing about it. He was focused on it. And because He was, God’s glory was put on the ultimate display. And when you’re focused on God’s work, that very same glory is made known once again.

Charge

As we seek Him today, let the work done on the cross work once again through your words, thoughts, and actions to make your life a living toast.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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