Food has an incredible allure. I know for me, a great tasting meal is very satisfying. A great tasting meal with friends is pure joy. Most meals with friends are full of conversation but probably are not very surprising. During one particular meal, Jesus surprised the Disciples by how he served part of the meal. Take a look:
Mark 14:17-26 New Living Translation (NLT)
17 In the evening Jesus arrived with the Twelve. 18 As they were at the table eating, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, one of you eating with me here will betray me.”
19 Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one?”
20 He replied, “It is one of you twelve who is eating from this bowl with me. 21 For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!”
22 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take it, for this is my body.”
23 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many. 25 I tell you the truth, I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new in the Kingdom of God.”
26 Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.
Can you imagine being in the middle of dinner with a group of friends and someone stands up and says that someone around the table will betray them? Then that same person takes a loaf of bread and cup of wine and says "this is my body" and "this is my blood". Now most of us would be weirded out at this point. As Sarah Lancaster mentioned last night in our worship, we have the benefit of seeing the whole picture of God's redemptive plan, but the disciples only had what was in front of them.
On Wednesday night this week at The Table, we will be participating in communion together. If you are a Table Gatherer, I'd ask that you join us for this special evening. If you are not a Table Gatherer, I'd ask that you find a group of believers to share a meal with this week.
May you dine and find joy in the sacrifice of our Savior.