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Devotional - week of December 18, 2011


THE BODY OF JESUS

 

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is My body.” Matthew 26:26

 

We joyfully and thankfully speak often of the blood of Jesus. However, in this passage on the institution of the Lord’s Supper and in three other such passages on the same theme, Jesus exalts His body to the level of His blood. During this Christmas season as we see the expressions of Jesus in the cradle, we need to give attention and thought to the body we observe.

 

In 1 Corinthians 11:27, Paul writes, “Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.”

 

Here Paul seems to be saying that when we observe the Lord’s Supper in a frivolous manner, we are guilty of the crucifixion of Jesus just as Pilate and the Jews were.

 

But why does Jesus elevate His body to the level of the importance of His blood? In the first place, without the body there would be no blood. However, there are Scriptures showing the importance of His body.

 

In Hebrews 10:5, the author quotes a prophecy of Jesus saying, “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me” Hebrews 10:10 says, “… we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” First Peter 2:24 says, “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness ….” Colossians 1:21-22 says that Jesus has reconciled us to God “in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight.”

 

Because of the bodily crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus as the Last Adam, all believers are spiritually crucified, buried and resurrected—and can have the experience.