THE STORY OF JESUS: Acts 27:27-38
“He took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all.” (Acts 27:35)
Paul breaks bread with the sailors and soldiers, and they are encouraged.
These words sound similar to words used when sharing the Lord’s Supper.
Some would speak against this, since the Lord’s Supper signifies and seals grace.
Without saying how this experience impacted them, it was definitely a grace experience.
Did they have faith in Jesus, as we would understand it.
Probably not, but they were learning the meaning of grace and faith.
I encourage open communion, welcoming anyone who wants to participate.
As the grace bread (manna) was for all, young and old, slave and free…
So this grace bread, received with thanks, was received by all… because of Jesus.
The benefit of such grace – and the Spirit at work i it – needs to be received by faith.
Faith is a response to grace, and I trust that the Spirit was prompting it in the crew.
The Spirit is also prompting us to trust in Him, every time we break bread.
Especially in our storms, when we are losing our courage and our hope.
Today when you break bread, let it encourage you to trust Jesus with your life!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, whenever I eat, I am proclaiming Your life, death and resurrection, and the hope I have in You alone. May I taste Your grace whenever I ‘break bread’ today.