1 Corinthians 11: 23-26
“On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.” (NLT)
Extended reading: 1 Corinthians 11: 17 – 34
The armies were ready (Matthew 26: 53). Archangel Michael had got his legion of angels ready for battle. It was not really going to be a battle. There was written record of one angel taking out 185,000 humans (2 Kings 19). Today, the whole earth will just have to be eradicated (maybe, except for the select few who followed him). It happened during Noah’s time (Genesis 7: 23). This time, they rejected their very Maker.
The crowd had reached Golgotha. Some cheering. Some wailing. Some quarelling. Some challenging. Some astonished and some solemn. They stripped Jesus of his robe and drew lots to decide who gets it. They threw Jesus on the piece of wood and were going to drive the nails into his hands. This needn’t be. Michael looked for the signal from the Father. There was none. Maybe He was waiting to make a dramatic entry right after. Kill em all – get the Prince of heaven back safe. Show them who is in control.
Jesus was raised up in between two criminals. Michael looked again for the signal. None.
Jesus asked for a drink. No signal yet.
(What’s keeping Him?)
It was only when Jesus cried out “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that heaven realized that there was not going to be a signal. “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” The Father had forsaken His Son. On the cross. What shame! What pain! Did this have to be?
The human race was going to get another chance. And this time, it cost the most.
But maybe one day when they break the bread and drink the wine, they may understand the love that bore the pain. They may get a glimpse into what should have been theirs but was spared the misery and shame.
What does the cross mean to us? It is more than just a divider of the times. The cross represents who we are or who we should have been. The cross tells us that we don’t need to be punished. The cross tells us we are free. Free to live life to the fullest. Full of what God has in store for us. And only because of what Jesus did on the cross.
What do I pray?
Lord, thank You for the cross. Thank you for bearing my sin and my shame. Thank you for setting me free. Help me understand what You did for me. And help me live my life for Your glory. Help me put You first in my life and shine Your light in this world. In Jesus’ name..
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