Sometimes when Jesus is talking to the disciples, I wonder if what He says applies to all believers or just those twelve. Like here in Matthew 26:29. Other promises about heaven make me feel pretty sure that things like this will happen for us, if not this exact thing. At the time Jesus said this, it was a way for him to say that he was about to be crucified, but it also includes a very comforting promise. (P.S. if you are struck by the word “covenant,” may I suggest reading “Our Covenant God,” by Kay Arthur. She explains the word from the beginning of the Bible to the end.)
And while they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
I don’t begrudge these first followers their time of communion with Jesus in heaven, I only hope I can join in, or that when Jesus is done, He’ll walk down the road to the smaller houses and pay me a visit when He’s done.
Here’s another one to the disciples:
“And you are those who have stood by Me in My trials; and just as My father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Typing this onto my blog I had a thought that I didn’t have. “Heaven needs judges?” Ah well, a thought for another time. This passage, by the way, was part of Jesus’s response to the disciples’ dispute about who among them was greatest. He was saying that here on Earth they should aim to serve, as He did, and that would be their greatness. Their reward would be in heaven, not in recognition here on Earth.
What will your kingdom statement be today? Use it to replace those worry thoughts!
*New American Standard Bible verses used in the book version of this devotional with permission from The Lockman Foundation.