A Little at a Time

“Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’”- Matthew 26:26 

Today, we are going to go to the scene of when Jesus ate with His disciples in what we commonly know as the Last Supper. I often wonder what was going through the disciples’ minds during this meal. 

You can probably imagine Jesus reclining at the table with the twelve disciples in the Upper Room—breaking bread and preparing to have the Lord’s Supper. At that moment, Jesus knew what was about to happen, but nobody else had a clue. 

And in that setting, Matthew 26:26-29 describes the scene, “Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink of it, all of you, for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.” 

I would love to know what the disciples were thinking at this point in the story. I mean, think about it: They just sat down to have a nice meal together, and the first thing Jesus did was to call Judas out for being the one who would betray Him. And now He’s breaking bread and telling the disciples to eat His body and drink wine that He called His blood. What were they thinking at this point?  

Remember, they didn’t have the luxury of reading ahead and seeing what came next in the narrative. They didn’t have a copy of the New Testament. They were living the New Testament.  

In that moment, none of it made sense to them, but it soon would. Maybe that is how you feel now. We talked yesterday about how Jesus sees the whole picture even when we cannot. But the truth is, we don’t always need to see the whole picture. He will reveal it to us in the timing that we need it…oftentimes a little at a time.  

God promises to give you all that you need. It might not make sense now, but it will one day. But for now, choose to trust Him. Remember, the disciples had no clue what was coming, but that didn’t change the fact that Jesus was about to die for them! He’s got you.  

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bible verse

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

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