And He took bread, gave thanks and 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
We begin our journey of Eucharisteo in Luke 22. In this very verse, is where you will find the Greek term in the original text where it says “gave thanks”. To see the entire context around the verse, I feel it is important to take a moment and read verses 1-23.
You will find that there is darkness all around Jesus at this time. The plot to killing him is in full swing and He is very much aware of what His last hours will look like. He will be betrayed, abandoned, and left alone. He will carry every past, present, and future sin of the world on His shoulders. He will be separated from His Heavenly Father and will die a death fit for the worst criminal.
Yet, tucked away in this passage are the simple words, “gave thanks”.
Here is where we meet our word for this series: Eucharisteo. To refresh your memory, I will quote Ann Voskamp as to what this word really means when she stumbled across it and gave birth to her book of One Thousand Gifts.
“Eucharisteo, thanksgiving, envelops the Greek word for grace, charis. But it also holds its derivative, the Greek word chara, meaning “joy”…Deep chara joy is found only at the table of euCHARisteo– the table of thanksgiving…As long as thanks is possible, then joy is always possible.”
Darkness will always be around us and it can swallow us whole if we allow it. But, friends, this should not be.
“It is not the power of darkness that it is to be feared, it is fear that gives power to the darkness.” (Ben Courson)
But how do we overcome our fears, anxieties, depression, guilt, shame, laziness? We believe the answer lies within this text: Eucharisteo.
It is this word, attitude, and mindset that will continually fix our gaze back to our Creator and will change our entire perspective of the world. It can cause people to say things like, “I hope I always live with a little bit of cancer.” (Britton Neese) How can someone who suffered so much from something that derives from the pit of hell, desire to always have a little bit of it? It is quite possibly the biggest contradicting, yet profound statement I have ever heard. Britton had a deep understanding that our blessings may be found in that of our need for the Lord. We exist to have a relationship with Christ, and if suffering brings us to depths that we could not reach otherwise, then wouldn’t we welcome suffering as a blessing? Wouldn’t we thank the Lord within that trial? Like Ann Voskamp says, “The holy grail of joy is not in some exotic location or some emotional mountain peak experience…Here, in the messy, piercing ache of now, joy might be- unbelievably- possible!” (page 33)
It reminds me of the song, So Will I by Hillsong United.
If the stars were made to worship so will I
If the mountains bow in reverence so will I
If the oceans roar Your greatness so will I
For if everything exists to lift You high so will I
If the wind goes where You send it so will I
If the rocks cry out in silence so will I
If the sum of all our praises still falls shy
Then we’ll sing again a hundred billion times
For if everything exists to lift You high, so will I.
Let this be our anthem for the week.
be free. xo
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