God Waits For Us: Luke 22:14-20

Focus Passage: Luke 22:14-20 (GNT)

 14 When the hour came, Jesus took his place at the table with the apostles. 15 He said to them,
         I have wanted so much to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer! 16 For I tell you, I will never eat it until it is given its full meaning in the Kingdom of God.

 17 Then Jesus took a cup, gave thanks to God, and said,
         Take this and share it among yourselves. 18 I tell you that from now on I will not drink this wine until the Kingdom of God comes.

 19 Then he took a piece of bread, gave thanks to God, broke it, and gave it to them, saying,
         This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in memory of me. 20 In the same way, he gave them the cup after the supper, saying,
         This cup is God’s new covenant sealed with my blood, which is poured out for you.

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Often in my life, I find myself praying, and then waiting for God to answer. Perhaps you can relate with this experience.

Sometimes these prayers receive a clear response, while other times, I am left waiting for a really long time, and even today, I have some prayers that I’m still waiting to receive or observe an answer for.

However, while we often wait on God, have you ever thought of the idea of God waiting for us? While I’m sure for many, He is waiting for them to repent and return to Him, but I’m actually talking about a different sort of waiting.

In our passage for this entry, have you ever noticed one of Jesus’ most amazing promises: “For I tell you, I will never eat it until it is given its full meaning in the Kingdom of God. . . I tell you that from now on I will not drink this wine until the Kingdom of God comes.” (verses 16, 18)

Jesus promised His disciples that He will wait for them before doing the two most symbolic parts of the last supper ever. Jesus is waiting for His second coming before taking part in communion with us – though when He returns, and we have the big communion feast, there will be an exponentially larger crowd present than the original disciples. This means that Jesus is waiting for you and I as His followers as well.

So what does this mean for us today?

God has a different frame of time than we do. Jesus has been “waiting” for close to 2,000 years and this is because He wants as many people as possible to experience His second “communion-feast”. While we often wait on God, He is also waiting for you and me. When we arrive in Heaven, there will be a feast prepared, and chances are, it will begin with communion – Jesus’ adaptation of the Passover supper.

What are you doing to get ready for that special day?

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