Posted by: William | February 11, 2008

Jesus’ Thanksgiving

I pondered something simple, yet (for me) fascinating this afternoon. I was reading some literature on the Lord’s Supper, as well as some scripture of course, and there in the biblical text sits a profound insight.

Matthew 26:27-28 says, “And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.’ ”

Most of us are familiar with the imagery found in the sacrament of communion. The breaking of the bread as the breaking of Jesus’ body, the wine in the cup as the blood of Christ spilled for the forgiveness of our sins. We share in the act of communion as a way to remember physically the work of Jesus on the cross. What stands out to me today, however, is at the very beginning of our verse. “When he had taken a cup and given thanks…” That astounds me. Jesus is in the midst of giving a profound gift and symbol to his church which will forever call her memory back to the painful sufferings he is about to undertake… and he gives thanks!

Certainly there are many things we can understand about this verse. My point today however is this: if Jesus, that very same night in which he suffered for us, gave thanks, then how much more should we today be constantly giving thanks! Those of us who receive the benefit of his sufferings, we have no excuse.

Jesus, I pray that you would bring the truth of your sufferings fresh into our hearts and minds. Jesus, I pray that we would overflow with thanksgiving and that it would erupt in our lives and actions—not so as to pay you back, but in love and gratitude. Jesus, make us humble!

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  1. “Those of us who receive the benefit of his sufferings, we have no excuse.”

    Good thoughts brother…thanks for the reminder and for sharing your insights on this.


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