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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

While they were eating, Jesus took some bread. Jesus thanked God for the bread and divided it. He gave the bread to his followers. Jesus said, "Take this bread {and eat it}. This bread is my body."
— Mark 14:22 NLT
Illustration of Mark 14:22 NLT — While they were eating, Jesus took some bread. Jesus thanked God for the bread and divided it. He gave the bread to his followers. Jesus said, "Take this bread {and eat it}. This bread is my body."

Key Thought

For Jesus and his followers, bread was the "staff of life"—the essence of food and nourishment to people in Jesus' culture in Jesus' 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. In addition, he was providing his followers with a way of understanding their role in the world—they were to be his bodily presence. When we take of the Lord's Supper on Sunday 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.

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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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.