He counted me faithful,
putting me into the ministry.
Jesus Gave Thanks
Jesus Gave Thanks
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom. (Matthew 26:26-29)
The Broken Bread, the Bread of Heaven (Jesus), took to Himself the breaking of His own body for us.
He gave thanks when he took the cup. Oh, think of the cup that He willingly took! I speak of that bitter cup which brought about the shedding of every drop of His precious blood. It was the very cup that He prayed would pass from Him if it were possible to avoid it and still accomplish the redemption of mankind. But, He still prayed, "Nevertheless, not my will but thine be done." (Luke 22:42)
Yet, Christ gave thanks for this cup that represented the shedding of His own blood. This is consistent with Hebrews 12:2, which states that Jesus "for the joy that was set before him endured the cross". Oh, the joy He had, not in the fact of the suffering itself, but in what was to result from His death and resurrection! He was to bring "many sons unto glory"! (Hebrews 2:10)
He therefore gave thanks for the great plan of God being accomplished. He gave thanks for all the people who could and would be saved and sanctified through Him, for all who would be brought back to Himself.
For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. (Hebrews 2:10)
When He further stated that He would "not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom", He had His eye upon the future consummation of God's plan, when all the children of God would be gathered together in one. I believe He may very well have been referring to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. But, just think what a glorious time of thanksgiving that will be!
Jesus said in reference to this partaking of the bread and wine (grape juice?*), "This do in remembrance of me." There is coming a day when the whole world shall see Him again, and everyone will see Him as He rides upon that white horse to "judge and to make war" and "clothed with a vesture dipped in blood"(Revelation 19:11, 13). Then we will remember, and shall remember throughout eternity, that Christ is the "Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Revelation 13:8).
If Christ could give thanks in the light of all the suffering that He knew He would go through for us, how much more ought we to give thanks to Him while remembering His great, self-sacrificing love for us?
Yours in Christ,
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