Today, I have a sweet friend who will lay her 6 year old daughter to rest, after a major car accident took her life. I can only imagine how her mother thinks often about the last time she brushed her hair, felt her touch, held her in her arms, heard her yell “Mama!“, ate together, read together, prayed together, her last birthday party. The list goes on and on. All the “lasts“.
Can you imagine Jesus, knowing that He was about to die on a cruel cross and all the “lasts” He was about to experience? My friend had no idea that these would be her lasts, but Jesus was keenly aware. Wow, how He must have relished every single moment. Maybe we could learn to do that, as well.
The order of events surrounding Jesus’ arrest are mentioned in the gospels and offer us this: Jesus celebrates Passover with the disciples; Jesus washes their feet; Jesus points to Judas as the betrayer; Jesus listens as the others profess their loyalty (knowing that they will all “fall away”); Jesus initiates the Lord’s supper; Jesus speaks to the Eleven; Jesus talks with them on the way to the Garden; Jesus prays for unity of believers; Jesus agonizes in the garden, is betrayed and arrested.
I can only imagine what Jesus must have felt like looking around the table at the men He had poured His life into. How He loved them! And yet, they would all “fall away“, one would betray, and one would deny Him three times. Wow. What hurt and pain that causes to pour your life into another and pray daily for them and love them deeply from the heart, only to have them walk away, especially when they are needed most. I can only imagine how those last days were lonely and emotionally difficult as He had to continue to pour into them and give them truth, prophesying their rejections to come. Yet knowing what they would do, Jesus washed their feet anyway. He broke bread with them and poured out wine for them and called them His body and blood. He instructed them to take this in remembrance of Him.
How often communion becomes a ritual for us. And yet, it was a sacred moment for the Lord with His disciples and I believe He wants it to be a sacred time between you and Him as well. 1 Corinthians 11:27-30 share how sacred and serious this time is:
“So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.”
KINGDOM LIVING TREATS COMMUNION AS SACRED
May you look at communion from here on out as a very sacred and serious time to make sure your heart and life are right with God, as you partake.
Here’s something I don’t want you to miss. Jesus said, “I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Jesus is fasting. He is fasting for you. Fasting in its simplest explanation is to say, “More than I want (food, drink, social media, etc.) I want You, Lord.”
[August 6-26, I will be fasting alongside my church to get myself re-focused and ready for what God has next. If you would like to participate with me, you can log in every day and hear a devotion and engage in 30 minutes of uninterrupted prayer time. To join me, click HERE. It is a powerful time in your personal walk with Jesus, so I strongly encourage you to do it.]
We see Jesus’ humanity as He goes into the Garden of Gethsemane with His disciples. Taking His close three with Him, His soul his overwhelmed. Has your soul ever been overwhelmed? Overwhelmed with grief, sadness, rejection, heartache, loneliness, and dead-ends? Jesus knew that pain and took that pain to the ONLY One who could truly help. He got alone with His Father. What a sacred time of communication with His Daddy.
What’s going on in your life? Have some things come to a close, or are coming to a close and you are overwhelmed with it all? Get alone with the Father. Talk to your Daddy about it. Jesus is well aquainted with grief.
“He was despised and rejected–a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.” Isaiah 53:3
KINGDOM LIVING TREATS COMMUNICATION WITH THE FATHER AS ESSENTIAL
We don’t know when our last days will be. Today could be it. How will you spend it? What will you say? What will you do?
Make your “lasts” last.