And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Luke 22:19 (ESV)


In just one verse, we see a common tradition of sharing a meal at an ordinary table, accessible elements of food, and an invitation to remember Jesus.

In this verse, Jesus prepares his disciples for the coming days of darkness which changed the trajectory of the entire world for his glory and our good. He knew the costs and extent of the pain he would face. Even then, the invitation he offered us to know him personally and to have relationship with him was still worth it.

We can learn from Jesus that in the midst of the most distressing days of his human life on earth, while seated around men who would doubt, quarrel, deny, and betray him, he still paused to give thanks before breaking the bread.

Whether they’re filled with joy or tension, health or sickness, broken or healthy relationships, as we gather around our tables for Thanksgiving, let us break bread together in a spirit of thankfulness and joy. Let us remember the greatest gift we’ve been given through Jesus: an open seat at his table in the Kingdom of God if we accept and follow him.

Let that promise alone be what cultivates a heart of gratitude within you.



This week, as we gather with friends and loved ones, let this common tradition at an ordinary table and accessible elements of food facilitate the turning of our hearts and minds towards you, taking your invitation to remember the gift you’ve extended to each of us.


Cole Grubbs

Crossings Edmond Worship Pastor


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