Devoted: Breaking bread

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ Luke 22:19

The third thing that the early disciples devoted themselves to was the breaking of bread. When we hear this statement, our minds immediately race to the Lord’s Supper and taking communion. This is indeed one of the meanings of breaking bread and a very important one, where we remember the body of Jesus Christ broken for us as he suffered and died on the cross so that our sins might be forgiven. So we take communion with grateful and humble hearts. The phrase was also used to signify a general mean together, where the head of the household would give thanks to God and break bread. In a sense today’s equivalent would be saying grace before a meal. Remember when Jesus fed the 5,000, he gave thanks and broke the bread. This was a Jewish custom of saying thank you to God for provision and pronouncing a blessing over the food and then enjoying the meal in fellowship and communion with one another.

Today, let us be thankful to God for his endless and faithful provision. Let us seek out opportunities to eat together as this is one of the most powerful ways to show acceptance of one another and to build friendships. Let us look for opportunities to partake of the Lord’s Supper and to remember the death of Jesus. As we do this together, we strengthen our bonds of fellowship and we grow together in our knowledge of and love for Jesus, our wonderful Saviour!



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