Devotional, Luke, New Testament

The Lord’s Earnest Desire (Luke 22:14-20 Devotional)

14 And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. 15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 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.” 20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.

LUKE 22:14-20

The Lord is the Good Shepherd, and the Good Shepherd gave his life for the sheep. We have always been deeply loved by the Lord Jesus. Have we ever asked the Lord what he wants? An abundant life is a two-way relationship full of love! Not only do we enjoy the Lord’s love, but we also love Him back! We will ask the Lord – what do you want? How can we satisfy your heart? The Lord will also be satisfied and excited with our love!

When a couple gets married, they always say “I do” from their earnest desires! Here the Lord Jesus said that I have earnestly desired to have this feast with you! Do you see how much the Lord desires to eat this feast with you? The Lord gave His body and shed His blood for us. Do we understand the heart of our Lord, Jesus? Are we willing to satisfy the earnest desire of His?

Maybe we are used to attending bread-breaking meetings (communions). A younger brother once told me that we sang those same hymns and listened to similar prayers every week, and there had been nothing new. If we don’t understand the longing in the Lord’s heart and don’t care to respond to the His love, bread-breaking meetings or communion may have little meaning. But when we have this abundant life, we will love the Lord and long to understand and satisfy Him!

During the pandemic, everyone has to make an effort to attend every bread-breaking meeting. Everyone cherishes and remembers the Lord together, responds to His love together, pursues Him, and satisfies Him together! There is no rush to find a Bible chapter or sing a hymn when you go before the Lord. Please first feel His presence, realize and see the heart of the Lord, Jesus – how earnestly He desires to eat with you!

He longs to share his love with you! He enjoys your presence and worship!

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