The idea of these little devotionals is simple. I want to approach scripture with the understanding that God is speaking. I’m reading through the Bible and listening for God to ask me questions. I expect these questions to be fairly open-ended and plan to carry them in my mind throughout the day. I’ll share these questions with you in the hope that you find them challenging and helpful.
14 And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. 15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you I will not eat it[b] until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 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.” 20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.[c] 21 But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. 22 For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” 23 And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this.
From this passage I hear God asking me:
Can you put yourself there?
Can you put aside the nearly 3,000 times you’ve participated in the Lord’s Supper and imagine this moment?
They were familiar with the Passover.
But this is new.
Imagine the first time.
Is he allowed to do this? Alter the Passover meal, I mean.
Isn’t every detail laid out in scripture?
What does he mean “this is my body given for you”?
He hasn’t died! Not yet.
What does he mean “new covenant in my blood”?
Would any of this make sense to you…then?
Did it make sense to them?
What do you think they thought it meant?
What does it mean to you now?
Do you think any of those men would be surprised to learn that you look back to this moment and repeat this act every single week in 2017 A.D.?
Don’t you find it surprising?
Don’t you wonder how many more times you’ll do it?
You may be surprised…
Is God asking you anything more, or anything different?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.