24

David Bast

READ : Luke 22:7-23

And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them. (v. 19 ESV)

The television program 24 is a thriller in which the whole series takes place within one 24-hour period. The real 24, though—the single most momentous and dramatic day ever—began on a Thursday evening, in an upper room in Jerusalem.

It started with a special meal. When Jesus broke the bread at the last supper, he wasn’t just making sure everyone got a piece. He was showing that his body had to be broken on the cross to pay for sin, so that he could become the bread of life for all who receive him.

The best place to do that—receive Christ—is at the Lord’s Table. There we have communion with him. “The bread that we break,” Paul wrote, “is it not a participation in the body of Christ?” (1 Corinthians 10:16). In the supper we physically experience what occurs spiritually when we trust in Christ: we receive him; he becomes part of us, and we of him. This doesn’t happen just by going through the motions. It happens by faith through the operation of the Spirit, who unites us with the risen Christ. “Faith,” wrote Calvin, “is the mouth and stomach of the soul.”

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you are to our hungry and thirsty souls the true meat and drink of life eternal.