Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is My body." And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you, for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom." (Matthew 26:26-29)
Think back to a time when you had to say goodbye to someone you loved—especially if you were going into danger. How did you say goodbye? Did you embrace? Did you cry? Did you give your loved one a picture or some small keepsake to take with them?
Jesus wanted to stay close to the disciples He was leaving. But He did far better than we do—He gave us Himself in His own body and blood.
Jesus' gift brings with it so many other wonderful things—forgiveness, life, a stronger faith. And yet, the thing I long for most of all in times of trouble is just this: Jesus' own real presence, given to us through bread and wine, body and blood. It's one of the best comforts we have, as we wait for the One who died and rose for us—and who promises to return to bring us where He is, so we will never be separated again.
WE PRAY: Lord, draw me closer and closer to You through the gift of Your body and blood. Amen.
* What are some specific ways you stay close to the people you love?
* What gifts besides Communion has Jesus given to us to keep us close to Him?
* At this time, what do you focus on most when you think about Communion?
Lenten Devotions were written by Dr. Kari Vo.
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