Institution of the Lord’s Supper
22And 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.” 23And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 24And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
I heard a sermon this past Sunday. Although I didn’t understand much (the sermon being in Korean), one excellent point the pastor made was how Christ gave thanks for the bread and wine; symbols of his body and blood and also his pending death. Although he did not go deeper in exposition on this point (or perhaps I couldn’t understand anymore)
it was a point I pondered the rest of the day.
We usually associate thanks with a totally different holiday and what we are thankful for is often circumstantial and selfish. God knows how many times I thanked him when things have gone well in my life. Thanks for getting into school, finding a job, doing well on a test etc. Not sure why I should thank a God otherwise..
Christ’s giving thanks becomes all the more confusing when we realize his thanks related directly to his own death and suffering. In this act itself, we realize how God wishes to unravel selfishness in our own hearts by demonstrating a selflessness antithetical to our nature. It becomes all the the more compelling, not because selflessness was a rule God merely mandated for us to follow, but because God actually showed us how to be selfless on the cross and gave thanks for it.
It truly is Good Friday, not for what good I could ever do and for this I give thanks.