Daily Devotion, 03/29/18, Day 27: Eucharisteo
Today, Maundy Thursday, commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus shared the Passover meal with His beloved disciples the night before His crucifixion. Today marks the day that held betrayal and denial in its hands before Jesus which would follow with a night of an arrest, intense interrogation by religious leaders, mockings and beatings. The ugly has begun. Sometimes what looks so ugly is the birthplace of God's most incredible gift. It doesn't make sense to us, does it? The "why's" begin to circle in our head. God held nothing back on behalf of our redemption. Jesus most assuredly paid it all. We see Jesus model "eucharisteo" in the face of this whole excruciating yet redeeming story. “Eucharisteo” is a greek word meaning “giving thanks with grace, thanksgiving and joy.” One writer refers to eucharisteo as "giving thanks in the hard" as Jesus demonstrated in Luke 22:19.
“And He took the bread and gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying, 'This is my body given for you, do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after the supper, He took the cup, saying "This is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.'"
God was forging His will of rescue in the bleak dark hours before our Savior would give up His spirit into the hands of the Father. What looked like a win for the enemy was in fact a victory taking shape. God was and is transforming all into glory, His glory. When we dare to take in the full heaviness and brutality of what Jesus went through for us, it leaves us undone. Speechless. Even broken. None of us will ever walk through the full weight and burden of the "hard" that Jesus walked through for us but we do have our own "hard" and it matters to our Father. He comes to us with grace, grace and more grace because Jesus paid the price with grace. He offers it even now.
What "hard" are you going through today that you can practice eucharisteo? What "hard" can you give thanks in? Can you allow yourself a few moments to take in all that Jesus suffered for us and then give Him thanks? One account of Jesus' last hours of journeying to the cross is found in Luke 22-23. Take a moment to read it with great reverence. Oh what a Savior.
Respond to what you have read by taking communion right where you are. Break bread or crackers. Pour juice or wine. Remember His broken body and spilled blood for you. Take it in with an “eucharisteo” heart.
From the 30 day devotional journey, "More of Him, Less of Me" written by Sharon Ardizzone.