Friday, June 25, 2010

June 26, Saturday Devotion

June 26, Saturday Devotion
Matthew 26:17-30
17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to prepare the Passover meal for you?” 18 “As you go into the city,” he told them, “you will see a certain man. Tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My time has come, and I will eat the Passover meal with my disciples at your house.’” 19So the disciples did as Jesus told them and prepared the Passover meal there. 20 When it was evening, Jesus sat down at the table with the twelve disciples. 21 While they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.”
    22 Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one, Lord?” 23 He replied, “One of you who has just eaten from this bowl with me will betray me. 24 For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!”
    25 Judas, the one who would betray him, also asked, “Rabbi, am I the one?” And Jesus told him, “You have said it.”
    26 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, 28 for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many. 29 Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”
    30 Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.
Quick Notes/Questions
I never really paid attention to this before, but I find it interesting that it is immediately after Jesus agrees that Judas is the one who betrays him that we see him bring up the bread and the cup.  Does it seem weird that it is in the midst of conflict that we see the bread and cup offered?  Does it surprise you that Judas seems to partake in the elements as well?  Did you know that the bread and cup are always offered to you as well?
Quick Prayer
Lord Almighty, I know that I do not deserve to be in your fellowship.  Thank you for allowing me.  Amen.

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