This Thanksgiving, remember the meal for which the Lord gave thanks. It was the meal He commanded His people to observe, the meal that showed His shed blood on the cross to be the seal of the new covenant. With Jesus, give thanks for this meal that fills for more than an afternoon. It leads us into the fullness of eternity with our Father. “‘Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband,’ declares the LORD. ‘But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of
those days,’ declares the LORD: ‘I will put My law within them, and I will
write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, “Know
the LORD,” for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest,’
declares the LORD. ‘For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember
their sin no more’” (Jeremiah 31:31-34). Israel
Give thanks in the Supper, for it leads us to the grace of belonging and forgiveness, purchased for us solely by the shed blood of our Savior Jesus Christ.
“Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body.’ And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink of it, all of you, for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins’” (Matthew 26:26-28).
“And as they were eating, He took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, ‘Take; this is My body.’ And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And He said to them, ‘This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many’” (Mark 14:22-24).
“And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He said, ‘Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’ And He took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of
likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup that is poured out for
you is the new covenant in My blood’” (Luke 22:17-20). Me.
“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when He was betrayed 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
In the same way also He took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the
new covenant in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me. ’ For as often as you
eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes”
(1 Corinthians 11:23-26). Me.
“May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in Whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:11-14).
Eucharist. We are eternally thankful to the Father through the accomplished saving work of the Son on the cross, which has redeemed us, propitiated us, and sealed us in relationship with the God of grace. Give thanks, the "memorial being accompanied by a spiritual oblation of all possible praise to God for Calvary" (1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, 30.2).
|"The Sacrament of the Last Supper," Salvador Dali (1955)|