WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1
17 Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it.
Then he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves.
Luke 22:17 (NLT)
WE REMEMBER: HIS GRACE IS UNDESERVED
The last meal is a traditional part of a condemned prisoner’s last day. The day before the appointed time of execution, the prisoner will be given the meal. Ted Bundy was served: Steak (medium rare), eggs over easy, hash browns and coffee. (He refused it.) Timothy McVeigh: Two pints of Ben & Jerry’s mint chocolate-chip. Saddam Hussein: spent his last days eating some of the foods most associated with the United States – hamburger and fries. Joan of Arc: Holy Communion. Jesus’ last meal? – bread and wine.
The phrase “gave thanks,” in Luke 22:17 comes from two greek words: good and grace. That phrase at its very core means to acknowledge how good grace is! When Jesus talked about His blood being spilt for our sins, He reminded the disciples it was an undeserved gift of His love. The Passover lamb reminded Jews of the animal blood spilled to protect their lives in Egypt. Because Jesus was the true Passover Lamb, He chose new symbols, bread and wine, for His broken body and shed blood.
Occasionally, when someone gives a gift the recipient responds with “You didn’t have to do this.” Communion reminds us that Jesus gave us a gift that He didn’t have to give. How do you feel when someone gives you a gift? If you had to earn it, is it really a gift? We don’t earn God’s grace, it’s a gift.
Thank God for offering you the gift of forgiveness. Ask God to help you live in a way that expresses gratitude for such a great gift.