Incredibly Ordinary

Author: Taylor Eising — Host: Dylan KraayenbrinkPosted on: July 6, 2023

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Incredibly Ordinary

READ: LUKE 22:19-20; ACTS 2:42-47; 1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-26

Jesus has a habit of taking something ordinary and making it incredible. Take bread and wine, for example. During Jesus’s life on earth, bread and wine were normal, everyday foods. They would be present at virtually every meal, and people of virtually any income level could afford them. And when Jesus was about to die, He took these ordinary things and did something amazing with them. He gave them to His disciples to communicate the sacrifice He was about to make. And we still practice this today. We take bread and wine (or juice), share it with the people of God, and together we remember Christ’s loving sacrifice. We call this communion or the Lord’s Supper.

Isn’t it just like Jesus to use something so simple, so accessible, to communicate His love and presence? He doesn’t require us to seek out something rare or expensive. He meets us where we are, with whatever we have, and uses it to make something wonderful. Through something as ordinary as bread and wine or juice, He reminds us that the all-powerful, all-knowing, infinite God of the entire universe loves us and wants to be with us. He wants to be with us so badly that God the Son, Jesus, took on flesh to live among us, die, and rise from the dead for us.

At my church, when we pass the bread from one person to the next, we say, “The body of Christ, given for you.” And when we pass the juice, we say, “The blood of Christ, shed for you.” For the early church, eating and drinking together and remembering Christ’s sacrifice was a daily practice. And while I know they probably didn’t say the same words that we say at my church, I have to wonder if bread and wine—these ordinary things—became constant, ever-present reminders of Jesus. Every time they were hungry and ate a bite of bread, did it remind them of Jesus’s body, given for them? Every time they were thirsty and took a sip of wine, did it remind them of Jesus’s blood, shed for them?

Maybe that’s why Jesus used such ordinary things, to remind us He is present with us in every moment of our lives, including the incredibly ordinary ones. • Taylor Eising

• How does your church practice communion? How can the Lord’s supper remind us of Jesus and what He has done for us?

• Why do you think Jesus chose to use things that everyone could afford?

They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity… Acts 2:46 (NLT)