Jesus Said Thank You
The night before His crucifixion, Jesus did something important that we don’t often think about. He said “thank you”. This statement of thankfulness came before He gave the disciples the bread and cup, symbols of His coming death.
Knowing that He was going to give His body and blood for us, that He was going to be hurt and tortured, that He would bleed and die, how could Jesus give thanks?
The Bread, His Body
Jesus had a body prepared for Him. This body was prepared because He had to come as a man to redeem men. He bore our sins in His body on the tree. That night, Jesus knew that He would give His body to be tortured, broken, and crucified for the world He had come to save.
The Cup, His Blood
Before the creation of the world, there was a plan for the blood of Christ. He would shed His blood so that we could be forgiven. Jesus knew that without His blood, we would never be free of sin and death. His blood would cleanse us. It would free us.
He was Thankful
Though He faced unbearable agony, Jesus Christ looked ahead to an indescribable joy. He looked forward to the joy that He would have in transforming lost, hopeless sinners into redeemed saints. His body would be broken, yes. And His blood would be shed. But it was all so that, one day, a redeemed people would live with Him.
With the anticipation of the painful hours to come, Jesus was thankful for His body and His blood, for they would be used to redeem all who would receive His free gift of grace. He was thankful that He could be the sacrifice for the sins of the world, bridging the impossible gap between God and sinners!
Jesus said thank you that night because He was thankful. How wonderful this is! We can be thankful that our Savior was thankful.