The ancients viewed history differently than we do today. We view history as a linear record of events. The ancients saw the events of the past as a point in history and its lessons lived through objects we see today. Trees, rivers, vines, and fruit are tangible bridges to our past, rich with meaning. They are a two sided coin symbolizing and embodying past events.
Similarly, Jesus met with his closest friends at a dinner table the night he was captured. Knowing his fate, he prepared them to remember the significance of what was going to happen. He did it as the ancients did. He first became a servant and washed their feet. They believed he was to be a king, he was, but not the way they expected and not the king they had known.
He had told them before, “The last will be first (Matt 20:16).” But they did not hear.
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted (Luke 14:11).” But they did not listen.
It was prophesied, “You made him a little lower than the angles and crowned him with glory and honor (Psalms 8:5).” But they did not understand.
He broke the bread before giving it to them and said, “My body given for you, when you eat this remember me (Luke 22:19).” When they finished dinner, he took the cup saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you (Luke 22:20).”
In this way, he made the meal sacred, its implements connected throughout history to this moment. He connected these items to the covenant it symbolized, no matter when the bread was broken, or the cup consumed.
When you break bread may you remember your savior
May you live a life worthy of the sacrifice made for you
May you drink and eat in a new way
In His service and yours,