“And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’” Luke 22:19
Isn’t it amazing the love that Jesus had: that even though he fully knew the sins of his disciples—that Judas would betray him, that Peter would deny him—he took bread and served it to them. Could you host a feast for someone you knew would betray you and someone you knew would deny you? Our sins are just as heavy: We turn away from Jesus, betraying him for things like affirmation, power, comfort, lust, anger, and self-righteousness. But each week we are invited to this communion table with Jesus.
As we take communion, we remember the cost of our sin and the love of Jesus, who paid that price by being broken. We join other sinners, our brothers and sisters, at the table and rejoice in the good news of the gospel: That God sent his son to be born of a woman, to bear the weight of the law, to redeem sinners, and to adopt us as sons (Galatians 4:4-5). His love is more powerful than any of our sins.
Holy Father, I confess that I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed by what I have done and what I have left undone. But you have forgiven me for everything and redeemed me through Jesus’ death—and since he was raised to life, I am also given new life as your child! Thank you for your incredible mercy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.