What Jesus Did! 'My Body' — Mark 14:22

Sunday, October 20, 2024

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As [Jesus and the Twelve] were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, "Take it, for this is my body."
— Mark 14:22 NLT

Key Thought

For Jesus and his early followers, bread was the "staff of life," the essence of food and nourishment to people in Jesus' culture in his day. Jesus had already taught his closest followers that he was the bread of life (John 6). Now, Jesus was providing these followers with a way to remember him, his life-giving place in their lives, and the sacrifice he was about to make for them — and for us also. In addition, he was providing his followers with a way of understanding their role in the world: They were — and we are — to be his bodily presence. When we participate in the Lord's Supper like the early followers of Jesus did, we do so to remember him and to commit to keep alive his ministry to the world as we pledge to be his body. We must never take this meal for granted or take it lightly.

Today's Prayer

O Father, thank you for leaving us a reminder of Jesus' sacrifice, his life-giving grace, and our responsibility to keep his memory and ministry alive as his body, the church. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
  • 1 Corinthians 11:23-24
  • Acts 20:7

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Illustration of Mark 14:22 NLT — As [Jesus and the Twelve] were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, "Take it, for this is my body."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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