19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” – Luke 22:19-20
We talk often about the bread being Christ’s body and the wine being his blood. That being true makes his giving thanks all the more powerful. I am thankful for a lovely wife, two kids, a roof over my head, the church and all sorts of other things. If I am honest with myself 99.9% of the things I am thankful for make me happy. But when you read Jesus’ thankfulness over his broken body and his poured out blood I cannot help but ask myself if there were more sacrificial things I could be a part of that might make me more thankful. Our world avoids pain. Jesus embraced it because he knew that what had to take place could only happen through pain and suffering. How much richer would our lives be if we understood that and lived that on a regular basis?