Restored CommunionSeries: The Gospel of Mark
The Last One
This morning, we will cover Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples. It was a celebration of the Jewish Feast of Passover, but it would also be the last meal they would eat together before His death. By all accounts, the disciples don’t seem to realize this. They continue eating and acting as if it was just another meal. Even though Jesus had warned them continually over the last year that his time was short, they are oblivious to this and carry on with business as usual. In just a few very long hours, however, it would all be different.
That’s how it usually works, doesn’t it? When we are participating in the “last” of anything, we typically don’t realize what is happening. The last meal, the last vacation, the last visit, the last… We carry on through these things, not realizing that it won’t happen again. Maybe we get too old, or a loved one dies, or everyone loses interest to do it again. Whatever the reason, everything has an end, eventually.
Before we go too far down this depressing road, let me stop and say that’s why we need to enjoy each moment we have. We are not guaranteed another chance, another trip, another opportunity. God has blessed us with today—let’s enjoy it! There’s an old saying, supposedly by Eleanor Roosevelt, that says this: “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift; that’s why they call it the present.”
Are you enjoying what you have, while you have it? It’s easy for us to take things for granted. Enjoy the gift of today.