Breaking bread, what an honor!

In the ancient world, an invitation to break bread with someone was considered a great honor. In the Holy Land, it remains so even today. This was more than an invitation to share a meal, but a sign of deep friendship. To reject the invitation was to reject the person offering the invitation.

At the Passover Feast, Jesus “broke bread” with His disciples. While doing so, He said they were no longer servants. “Today, I call you friends.” Ponder that a moment… being a friend to Jesus, the Son of God. Not a servant, a friend! I shudder to think about all that means.

Even Judas was invited to break bread with Jesus. Yet Jesus broke the bread, dipped it in the wine and handed it to the man He knew would betray Him. You do not break bread with an enemy. You break bread with a friend. Even before His betrayal, Jesus was forgiving this man who would soon betray Him. I am truly in awe of this man, Jesus, that even He could do such a thing.

We, as Christians, are invited to the Table of Jesus. We are invited to break bread with Him. “Take, eat… do this in remembrance of Me.” What a marvelous honor! Would we dare to refuse?

Shalom, Art
Alive in the Word

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About aliveintheword

Missouri, USA Married to Marty, 45 years 2 sons (with 2 daughers-in-law) and 2 granddaughters Life dedicated to serving Jesus Christ and delivering the Good News
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7 Responses to Breaking bread, what an honor!

  1. granbee says:

    Oh, to break bread together as friends of Jesus! Totally mind-boggling–and such a priceless privilege!

  2. ptl2010 says:

    Till He comes that is our privilege. He was so thoughtful to institute this reminder for us forgetful people – to keep us always on track with each review. Praise the Lord.

  3. I don’t want to sound judgemental, but I fear too many ‘partake’ at communion without thought as to its implications. Paul warns us to ‘examine ourselves’.
    What a privilege to be called to His table in such a way “till He comes”

    We are one day closer . . .

    • Holy Communion is, for me, an AWESOME, humbling experience. As a communion steward, I see many for whom it is a ritual. How much they miss.

      As we wait for that day, we have a lot of work to be done… here!

      Thanks for the comment.

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