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.” (1 Cor. 11:24)
A close friend of mine has a gift of restoring and repurposing old or what some refer to as “reclaimed” items. I’ve seen great beauty and new meaning come to things that others had discarded. It is a gift to see the potential and value in something others have ignored.
On the night Jesus was betrayed, he repurposed something long held as one of the most important moments in Jewish history: the Passover. He took the same elements and gave them new meaning. What once represented God’s deliverance from bondage in Egypt would going forward represent a new covenant that took the sting out of death and victory out of the grave. When Paul shared this revelation he received from the Lord, what we traditionally call Communion or the Lord’s Supper, he reminded us that Jesus left this as one of his last gifts to us. It was never designed to be some ordinary meal, but something new, something beautiful that captures the heart of our relationship with Jesus and his commitment to our complete freedom from sin.
Maybe you are reading this and a part of your life needs new meaning or you need fresh wind in your sails. The same God who repurposes important things in human history can restore any part of your life and breathe new life into you.
Give God what needs restoration in your life.
Santes Beatty is the multiethnic multiplication catalyst for The Wesleyan Church and campus pastor of Mosaic Midtown Church in Detroit, Michigan.
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Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.