"This Is My Body" Mark 14:22-25
22In the course of their meal, having taken and blessed the bread, he broke it and gave it to them. Then he said,
Take, this is my body.
23-24Taking the chalice, he gave it to them, thanking God, and they all drank from it. He said,
This is my blood,
God's new covenant,
Poured out for many people.
25"I'll not be drinking wine again until the new day when I drink it in the kingdom of God."
1 Corinthians 10:16 (The Message)
15-18I assume I'm addressing believers now who are mature. Draw your own conclusions: When we drink the cup of blessing, aren't we taking into ourselves the blood, the very life, of Christ? And isn't it the same with the loaf of bread we break and eat? Don't we take into ourselves the body, the very life, of Christ? Because there is one loaf, our many-ness becomes one-ness—Christ doesn't become fragmented in us. Rather, we become unified in him. We don't reduce Christ to what we are; he raises us to what he is. That's basically what happened even in old Israel—those who ate the sacrifices offered on God's altar entered into God's action at the altar.
The Lord Supper is more than just a ritual or a memorial event. While we are "To Do" it in remembrance of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are also to be partakers (Active Participants) at the banquet table. As we eat the bread of life, we acknowledge that we are all part of one body. We are to work together to unify the church. We are to be "active" members together, pulling our own weight, and serving (assisting) those in need.
When we drink the cup of blood, we acknowledge the Blood of Christ, which He shed for the redemption of our sins. Therefore we acknowledge we have life eternal through His shed blood on the cross. Because of the forgiveness of our own sin, we now understand that we too must actively forgive our neighbors, and certainly members of the body of Christ. Forgiveness must accompany action, to show mercy and love. The Lord Supper is an "re-enactment" of the power (action) of Christ to change lives.
14in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:14).
7In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7).
Right after the Lord's Supper Jesus predicted that His followers would stumble in their faith. I will kill the shepherd, and the sheep will scatter. Peter insisted, "I will never say that I don't know you! I will even die with you!" All of the other followers said the same thing. After the death on the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Peter understood the power of Christ to change his life. The power in the blood is God's Love for us! Forgiving & Redeeming Love! His Blood gives us new life!
Rejoicing Always in Christ,
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