Sunday, October 23, 2016

31 Days of Healing: The Lord's Supper

And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.-1 Corinthians 11:24

This morning I am thinking about the Lord's Supper, which many of you are probably doing today, or have already done. There are two elements to the Lord's Supper, the bread and the wine. The wine represents Jesus' blood, which was shed for us and binds us to Him in a new covenant. The bread represents His body which was broken for us. When was it broken for us?

In Matthew 27, we are told that Pilate had Jesus scourged. When they scourged Him they took a whip that possibly had pieces of metal, bone, or glass, and beat him with it. This would have torn his flesh. So, what was this for? It was for our healing. 1 Peter 2:24 says, "By whose stripes you were healed." The definition of that word "stripes" indicates it came about by scourging.

We repeatedly see these two things together throughout scripture, forgiveness and healing. Jesus told the paralyzed man before he was healed that his sins were forgiven. In the Old Testament, it says that God "forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases." So, when the Lord commissioned us to partake of the Lord's Supper, it was not only for forgiveness of our sins, but healing of our physical bodies. Today, and everyday as we are partaking, may we remember and receive all He has done for us.

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