Jesus’ Last Night: Thanksgiving

by Pastor Nikki Ragush

The Gospels are amazing pieces of Scripture that each show distinct sides of what Jesus’ life looked like. Some people enjoy the Christmas story of His birth, other’s love to reread the miracles that He did, many focus on those red words that he spoke, however many times I find myself looking at what Jesus did in the last week of His life.

I remember one day someone passing on their wisdom to me and they said this “Nikki the only thing in life that you can be sure of is that one day you will die.” I wouldn’t say it was the most uplifting thing I’ve heard, however that is the truth, it is inevitable. People try to sneak around the fact, hope that maybe they can have their body frozen till there is a cure to their sickness, but eventually all must come to that reality. Jesus came to this reality, and many people don’t realize when there life on earth will end. But Jesus knew, and that shows a great amount about a person.  Maybe you’ve been asked the question if you only had a day to live, what would you do? Jesus lived in that reality, so when we look at the Gospels we can see Him answer that through His actions!

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (NIV)

Jesus wanted to impart His final wisdom on His friends the night before He died.

The practice of family suppers is slowly diminishing, with busy schedules that people have and our somewhat addiction to technology many families aren’t able to sit down for a family supper. Thanksgiving is this weekend so I thought this subject might be fitting. In the Good News version of Scripture it changes verse 24 up a bit to say “spoke a prayer of thanksgiving”.  I know for many thanksgiving is another busy time where family invades the house, after all the hustle and bustle there is something special about the time where everyone sits down together. People have different traditions around the holiday, but there is an understanding that this is a time to be thankful.

Many different situations happen throughout the world and I have found myself so many times complaining about mine. But just today I spoke to a friend going through a very difficult time she said “It is upsetting but I know that worrying about it won’t help. I am trying to be really intentional about being thankful for what each day offers”. Jesus made that pretty obvious with His last meal with the disciples being one of great thanks and joy, even in the most difficult of circumstances.

So as the season of Thanksgiving is upon each one of us, let us take time to enjoy the company of one another and proclaim the great blessings that we do have. Here in Canada I have the freedom to declare that I am Christian, I have a great family who I love dearly, I have a job that I believe God has placed me in, and I have an overall blessed life. I pray that each of us can see Jesus’ blessings in our lives even through difficult times.

Happy Thanksgiving!