Thankful To Be Taken And Blessed

We’ve been meditating on the ultimate Thanksgiving Table and on the reasons we tend to choose griping over gratitude.  In this post we’ll briefly touch on the first two reasons the Lord’s Supper gives us to be grateful.  But first, here’s an overview of what I’m trying to say:

When we come to the Lord’s Table and feed on Jesus by faith as the Bread of Heaven who was taken for us, blessed for us, broken for us, and given for us, THEN we can thank Him that in Christ we His Body have been taken and blessed, and we can thank Him that in Christ we are being broken and given for the Glory of God and the good of our neighbors, the nations, and the next generation.

Today we will focus on being TAKEN and BLESSED . . .

“Jesus TOOK the bread”

When you come to this table of thanksgiving, feed on Jesus.  He is the Bread that was TAKEN for you:

  • Jesus was predicted to be chosen:  “My servant, my chosenIsaiah 42:1
  • On the mount of transfiguration the Father said: “This is My Son, my chosen one” Luke 9:35
  • Peter says that Jesus was “Foreknown before the foundation of the world” 1 Peter 1:20
  • Peter called Him “The cornerstone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious” 1 Peter 2:4-6

If you feed on Jesus by faith, you can give thanks because you, as a member of His Body, have been TAKEN . . .

In Ephesians 1, Paul makes it clear that those who are “in Christ,” who are participants by faith in the body and blood of Jesus, can know that they have been “taken” or “chosen” by God:

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved . . . 11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will . . . .


“Jesus BLESSED the bread”

When you come to this table of thanksgiving, feed on Jesus.  He is the Bread that was BLESSED for you:

  • On Palm Sunday the crowds shouted words that the Old Testament had reserved for God’s true King: “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” Mark 11:9
  • Paul said that Jesus is member of the Trinity who is called the “blessed God” 1 Timothy 1:11, 6:15
  • At Jesus’ baptism and transfiguration God blessed His Son with these words: “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” Matthew 3:17, 17:5; 2 Peter 1:17

If you feed on Jesus by faith, you can give thanks because you have been BLESSED.

Let’s go back to Ephesians 1 to see what else is true for the children of God.  Jesus gave us this meal to remind us that God has . . .

blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

Next we’ll spend more time thinking about being broken before being given.

[This post is adapted from the sermon “Taken, Blessed, Broken, Shared”]

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