Lent Devotions: Day 44
The Bread and the Cup
Read: John 6:25-59; 19:28-29
I am thirsty. (19:28)
On the night in which he was betrayed, Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you.” He did the same with a cup, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood” (Luke 22:19-20). With these words he instituted the Lord’s Supper, which is traditionally commemorated around the world tonight. We eat the bread and remember that Jesus’ body was broken for us. We drink from the cup and remember Jesus’ blood was shed for us.
All of these actions give definition to what he had earlier said in John 6. In that passage there is much arguing among the Jews and among the disciples–Jesus’ words about never being hungry or thirsty again must have sounded unusual. Yet we know he is the living water of which we can drink and never be thirsty and that he is the bread of life of which we eat and are satisfied.
A day after instituting this supper, as he hung on the cross, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” As John tells us, this was to fulfill the scriptures. Jesus thirsted so we no longer would. As we come to the table and remember Jesus’ death, we know that in him and through him we will never thirst or hunger again. –Jonathon VanderWall
Prayer: Jesus, you suffered so that we don’t have to; you died that we may live. Thank you for your sacrifice.