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THE BODY OF CHRIST


 

It is extremely important to understand the symbols of the Passover; as eating these symbols is a requirement of eternal life.

 

Joh 6:54  Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

 

Christ instigated the New Testament symbols of His body, the night before He was crucified.

 

Mat 26:26  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."

 

Mar 14:22  And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, "Take, eat; this is My body."

 

The bread symbolises the body of Christ, which was broken for us. 

 

1Co 11:24  and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me."

 

1Co 11:26  For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.

 

Christ suffered voluntarily. 

 

Luk 22:19  And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me."

 

Isaiah 53 gives insight into the suffering of Christ.

 

Isa 53:1  Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

Isa 53:2  For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.

Isa 53:3  He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

 

Christ suffered terribly for our grief, sorrows, transgressions, and iniquities. He was chastised that we might have peace; He was beaten that we might be healed. Christ was beaten for the iniquities of every person ever born.

 

Isa 53:4  Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.

Isa 53:5  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Isa 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

 

Christ suffered and died for our transgressions.

 

Isa 53:7  He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.

Isa 53:8  He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.

 

Christ is the true bread from heaven.

 

Joh 6:32  Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.

Joh 6:33  For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."

 

Joh 6:35  And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

 

Joh 6:47  Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.

Joh 6:48  I am the bread of life.


Joh 6:50 
This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.

 

Joh 6:53  Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.

Joh 6:54  Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

Joh 6:55  For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.

 

To correctly eat the body of Christ means to live our lives by Christís example.

 

Joh 6:57  As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.

Joh 6:58  This is the bread which came down from heaven not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever."

 

Jer 15:16  Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.

 

We are also required to drink the wine signifying Christís blood.

 

Luk 22:20  Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.

 

Christís blood ratified the new covenant.

 

Mat 26:27  Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you.

Mat 26:28  For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

 

Mar 14:23  Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it.

Mar 14:24  And He said to them, "This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.

 

1Co 11:25  In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."

 

Christís death obtains redemption for our sins.

 

Heb 9:11  But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.

Heb 9:12  Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

Heb 9:13  For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,

Heb 9:14  how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Heb 9:15  And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

Heb 9:16  For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

 

We are redeemed from sin with the precious blood of Christ.

 

1Pe 1:18  knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,

1Pe 1:19  but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

 

Christís death gives us redemption from our sins and also makes the new covenant available.

 

Heb 10:16  "THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR HEARTS, AND IN THEIR MINDS I WILL WRITE THEM,"

 

The Passover ceremony is a memorial of Christís death.

 

1Co 11:26  For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.



Eating the bread.

 

[1] Christ bears our grief and sorrows.

 

[2] Christ suffered for our transgressions and iniquities.

 

[3] We can have peace.

 

[4] We are healed.

 

[5] We live our life by Christís example.



Drinking the wine.

 

[1] We have remission of sins.

 

[2] The new covenant is available to us.

 

We must examine ourselves so we can take the Passover in a correct attitude.

 

1Co 11:26  For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.

1Co 11:27  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.

1Co 11:28  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

1Co 11:29  For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

 

There is no other way to eternal life in God's kingdom.

 

Joh 14:6  Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.