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
Do you remember the story recently about a young firefighter, 31 years old, father of 5 with one on the way… all of a sudden he was diagnosed with brain cancer and passed away quickly yet he was an organ donor. As the news picture displayed, so many people gathered to honor this hero, saving lives as a firefighter in life yet now, even now in his death saving life upon life upon life with the donation of his many young and healthy organs.
Life in this fallen world is filled with stories of tragic heart ache of which we can not explain. Yet Ezekiel 18:32 states, For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. It is also filled with unexplainable joys too. To those many, many lives who may have lost all hope in a miracle were granted a second chance though this young mans death. Why does it have to be this way?!
Eve in the garden focused on the one thing she could not have which was the tree of knowledge when right beside it was the tree of life! She lost sweet life grasping to have it all figured out! I feel I’ll be in the same boat forfeiting the abundant life Jesus died to give me this side of heaven and the other if I choose to devote myself to trying in my finite mind to have it all figured out. Its futile, in Isaiah 55:8-9 He tells us so. He knows things we don’t and understands things we just can’t. So how do we survive in the unknown?! I believe we go back to what we do know – remembering Jesus.
During the last supper, the night before He was crucified He participated in communion and He showed His disciples the broken bread symbolizing His broken body for us and the poured out wine symbolizing His spilled out blood for us. The cost to purchase you and I for eternal life was high too, incomprehensibly so. Do you believe this, I so pray you do! For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever would believe in Him would have eternal life. John 3:16
When we face “unexplainably hard” we can choose to see it with the backdrop of the cross and empty grave. He did the hard thing to make sure it doesn’t end like this for us who believe. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come… 2 Peter 3:8-10. Jesus says in Matt. 24:12-13, Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. Hang on do not let your heart grow cold, hang on in the unexplainably bad of this world because we have a blessed hope coming!!!
Think of the men on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24:13-34. They are pretty distressed you can hear it in their discussion, in verse 21 they say, “but we had hoped… and what is more, it is the third day…” Many of us can relate to having been there, we did hope but by the third day, third hour, third year…. discouragement began to set in. Discouragement is just a tool of the enemy, lets not let him use it on us!! 1 Peter 1:3 says, Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ form the dead – We can always rise because HE IS ALIVE!
When is it these two men have their hopes lifted?! It’s when they saw Jesus for who He really was! Look at Luke 24:30-32 this is just amazing! When he was at the table with them, he took the bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not out hearts burning with in us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Could it be when we are brought to our knees in communion with Him and we are reminded of His broken body and poured out blood for us that we remember how deeply we are loved and He can restart our hearts. Reminding us it’s not success He requires but faithful obedience. He declares His Word to be like fire in Jeremiah 23:29 so if we need a heart restart, a fresh craving stirred within to follow hard after Him in the hard unexplainables of life, might we start in communion with Him in His Word! Praying that He stir up a hunger for Him like Jeremiah in 20:9, But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed. I cannot.
Like the women at the empty tomb who could not comprehend the scene either in Luke 24:5-8, but what was it that snapped them back to Truth from fear of the unknown?! Verse 6 states, Remember how he told you…. verse 8 Then they remembered his words. Have we been walking closely enough to Him, do we know His word enough that He has something to remind us of, to pull up in our minds in our time of need? No time like the present to start!!!
Isaiah 43:1-4 But now, this is what the LORD says – he who create you, O Jacob, (insert your name) he who formed you, O Israel: (insert your name) “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk thought the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in you stead. Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you… As we can see in this passage it says when, not if, we will pass through waters, fires, rivers… BUT He will be with us and it will not end hopeless, He is our Savior and we have been redeemed and one day we have heaven!
Gosh if we could only comprehend heaven right! But right now we walk in faith not sight maybe so that the glorious surprise is not one bit spoiled. Like waiting to reveal the perfect Christmas gift for the one you love! That must be a bit how Jesus feels toward us. But He gave us His word, a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105 We have His faithful promises to cling to!
Lamentations 3:21-24,57 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed for his compassion never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him. – You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.” See that picture up above of the poor raccoon, it reminds me that in this life situations and circumstances will come my way that I cannot figure out and just climbing higher on the quest to getting all the answers is futile and to my demise… I need to remember Who’s I am and climb back down into His lap and rest in remembering that the God too big for me to figure out is able to handle me and my too big to figure out situation… all the way to His Kingdom.
Jesus, fix my eyes on You who does not change like shifting shadows and help me to remember that even when I don’t fully understand I can trust in Your goodness and what Your Word says, that what harms me, You can use for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Gen. 50:20 Keep on saving lives Lord, many many lives through the surrendered life of me. I’m holding on to faith that, what no eye has seen, no ear has heard and what no human mind has conceived are the things You have prepared for those who love you! (1 Cor. 2:9)
Independent Read: Isaiah 41:10, John 12:24, 1 Cor. 13:12, Psalm 46:10