Our verse for today comes from 1 Corinthians 11:23, ” For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the night in which He was betrayed took bread. “
Last night, I took bread with my family. It was nothing extravagant, just a simple dinner at home. On the way to the table, I stopped by and picked up my daughter from her dance class, which ended right on time. Before we sat and ate, a friend from church dropped off some items I needed, just as she said she would. When the meal was ready, the kids, at least those that were home, came promptly to the table and ate. When my wife arrived from the pool with the rest of the brood a short time later, they ate their meal and cleaned up their mess. It was a steady wave of activity, but a pleasant evening eating at home and being together. Nobody was threatened, no one was lied to, and no one was betrayed. We have had meals that were less pleasant. There have been times when tension was in the air and feelings were hurt. My wife or I may have had something we were dealing with, and the stress of it spilled out on everyone else, ruining dinnertime. Concern beyond our reach or misplaced priorities led us to strike out and wound the ones we love most. And Jesus was betrayed all over again.
When Christ shared His last supper with the disciples that night, He had things He was dealing with. He was going to die, in just a few hours. He knew that, and He knew all the hate that would take Him to the cross. And He knew all the wrath of eternity that awaited Him there. But there He was, taking bread with His men, sharing the cup of His covenant with them. He taught them, He washed them, He prayed over them. It was the apex of the history of mankind, and Jesus was walking through it like He did every other step He took – completely submitted to the Father. That peace is available to you and me. Believe it or not, it’s ours even when dinnertime is like a madhouse, or work is completely overwhelming. It’s ours when the bank account is dwindling or the house is suddenly emptier and quiet. Jesus offers it. He offers it through Himself. Take, and eat, and know the peace of God.
As we seek Him today, declare to God and yourself that He is on your throne, and He is able in all things.
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