WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28
“took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, ‘This is My body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.’”
1 Corinthians 11:23-24 ESV
CHRISTMAS REMINDS US JESUS CAME TO BE BROKEN
A man goes to a diner every day for lunch. He always orders the soup du jour. One day the manager asks him how he liked his meal. The man replies, “It was good, but you could give a little more bread.” So the next day the manager tells the waitress to give him four slices of bread. “How was your meal, sir?” the manager asks. “It was good, but you could give a little more bread,” comes the reply. So the next day the manager tells the waitress to give him eight slices of bread. “How was your meal today, sir?” the manager asks. “Good, but you could give a little more bread,” comes the reply. The manager is now obsessed with seeing this customer say that he is satisfied with his meal, so he goes to the bakery and orders a huge loaf of bread. When the man comes in as usual the next day, the waitress and the manager cut the loaf in half, butter the entire length of each half, and lay it out along the counter, right next to his bowl of soup. The man sits down and devours both his bowl of soup and both halves of the huge loaf of bread. The manager now thinks he will get the answer he is looking for, and when the man comes up to pay for his meal, the manager asks in the usual way: “How was your meal TODAY, sir?” The man replies: “It was good as usual, but I see you are back to giving only two slices of bread!”
When Jesus instituted the first Lord’s Supper, He used the broken bread as a symbol of His body that would be wounded and broken for us. Think about the fact that Jesus gave thanks to God for a body that was to be bruised and broken on a Cross. He was grateful for the privilege for us. In this simple, common act, we see the whole-hearted devotion of our Lord. After giving thanks He broke it. He did not ask Judas to break it. He Himself broke it. He gave Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. He could say: “No man takes My life from Me: I lay it down of Myself.” He broke the bread, of which He said, “This is My Body” (John 10:18).
The next time you have bread with a meal take a moment and remember the picture of Jesus being broken for us. Take time to thank Him for willingly offering Himself on your behalf.