In the night in which he was betrayed, Jesus took bread, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. These are words of assurance. From the time the Israelites wandered in the wilderness, through the time Jesus fed a great multitude with a few small loaves, God has assured his people that he is ever present. God assures his people that needs are met, his love will not fail. And this night, our Lord assures his closest companions that he will continue to strengthen them.
Again, after supper, he took the cup. These are words of hope. On a night when Jesus knew his closest companions would flee in fear, he gave them the hope of forgiveness. Even as all would fall short, his grace would be sufficient to cover their sin, and the sins of all people. Our sins are many and they weigh heavy upon us, but Christ has given us true hope, that as we confess our sins, he will cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
On the night he was handed over, Jesus took bread and he took wine, both simple elements given from the earth. Within these elements, he offered humanity the most precious gift of all; his very body and blood. As we share the bread of life and the cup of blessing, we receive the assurance and hope of our salvation. Thanks be to God.
Prayer: Lord God, through the bread that is broken and the wine poured out, give us the hope and assurance of your love. Amen.