Summary: A message incorporating the observance of the Lord’s Supper in the message as we consider the elements of bread and wine and the miraculous, marvelous, spiritual grace they represent.
The Body and the Blood
"The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?”
In observing the Lord’s Supper, we consider the two elements of bread and wine. There is nothing in those elements that have any mystical or miraculous power. They are simply bread and wine. But what they represent is miraculous, marvelous and of the highest spiritual grace. The bread speaks of the body of Christ while the cup the blood of Christ. Too often we get caught up in the ritual of communion and neglect to take the time to contemplate the richness and glorious truths of the body and the blood.
I. The Body of Christ
A. When Jesus Christ observed the Seder meal which became the basis of our celebration of the Lord’s Supper, Luke 22:19 records that “... 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."
B. To understand the significance of that statement we need to realize the necessity of the incarnation.
C. Genesis 1:27 “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him”
D. God told man that “in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” – Genesis 2:17
E. Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”
F. 1 Corinthians 15:22a “in Adam all die”
G. What it would take to redeem man would be a sacrifice that would be sufficient for every person who has ever lived or will live. The sacrifice of animals was not an acceptable. The penalty was imposed on man and had to be paid for by man. But all men are sinners; and if you could find a sinless being finite he could only atone or pay for one man’s sin not for all mankind. What was need was a sinless man who also was divine. No ordinary man would do. He must be both eternal God and perfect man.
II. There is nothing in fact or in fiction in the history of man which matches the mystery of the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A. In the incarnation we have the great mystery of Godliness as 1 Timothy 3:16 declares that in Jesus Christ “God was manifest in the flesh”
B. John 1:-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
C. Prior to the Incarnation Jesus Christ existed in eternity as the second person of the Godhead.
D. John 8:58 "Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am."
• The present tense here is very important. It expresses a continuous action. Christ was saying that He continuously exists. This emphasizes an ageless open-endedness of Christ's existence
E. The Word, Who was and is God, joined a human nature in the person of Jesus of Nazareth – John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
F. Colossians 2:9 “For in him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”
G. In the incarnation we have (what is known as the hypostatic union) the combination of God the Word and a human nature in a single Being. The Lord Jesus Christ is truly and fully God and fully man.
III. The Importance of the Incarnation
A. Being fully Human , Jesus Christ is able to understand
• Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
B. Being Divine, Jesus Christ
• Hebrews 7:25 “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them.”
C. The ody of Christ guarantees our redemption by insuring our atonement to be divine in nature and securing the propitiatory requirements of a voluntary sacrifice.
D. 1 Corinthians 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
Take a moment to think about the body of Christ and what He has done for you. Lets us thank the Lord for the body of Christ as we partake of the bread.