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"This is my body"

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So I’ve been reading Given for You by Keith Mathison, which is a fairly lengthy treatment on the Lord’s Supper. Have you ever read a book so that even as you are learning a great deal, you realize how little you actually know? This is one of those topics for me. But I wanted to share one thing I’ve come to appreciate more deeply. Which is why the Lord’s Supper, a picture of our communion with Christ, is a physical meal. Why does our connection to Christ consist of eating bread and drinking wine? Why is it so physical? In John 6, Jesus said he is the true bread from heaven and that unless we eat his flesh and drink his blood, we cannot have eternal life. Just as it was for the Jews, this is difficult imagery for us. But what Jesus means is that he saves us through his body – his bodily death on the cross and his bodily resurrection from the grave. And therefore, we partake of this salvation by physically eating and drinking his body. Therefore, the Lord’s Supper is not just a fitting symbolic picture, it is the meal through which we actually partake in Christ and are united to him.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:54