Then [Jesus] took a loaf of 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.’ (Luke 22:19)
During the last supper with His disciples, Jesus took some bread, blessed it, broke it, and then gave it to them.
What Jesus did with the bread, He does with us.
First action: Jesus takes us. When we offer ourselves to Jesus, He takes us just as we are. He will never reject us, scorn us, or turn away from us. Although Jesus will take us just as we are, He doesn’t intend to leave us that way. He takes us in order to change and transform us for God’s glory.
Second action: Jesus blesses us. How are we blessed? It would be easier to count the ways that we aren’t blessed. Not in this lifetime will we be able to count our blessings. Imagine counting our blessings for all eternity.
Third action: Jesus breaks us. Who among us likes to be broken? Nobody I’ve met, but this action is critical and necessary. What might Jesus need to break in us? Resentment? Arrogance? Stubbornness? Willfulness? Anger? Envy?
Fourth action: Jesus gives us. Jesus doesn’t give Himself in order for us to keep Him to ourselves. Jesus gives Himself with the expectation that we’ll share Him with others.
Our hope and encouragement are to see what Jesus did with the bread at the Last Supper, which He does with us today. He takes, blesses, breaks, and shares us with the world. He wants us to be His Walking Bread to a world that’s hungry for His love and grace.
- How has Jesus taken you and blessed you?
- How has Jesus broken you and shared you?
- As the Walking Bread of Jesus, where would Jesus have you go to feed God’s hungry children?