There are two important teachings about communion in this one verse. First, the bread represents Christ’s body broken for us, and second, we take communion to remember Christ. Jesus said, "This is my body which was given for you." The Passover lamb which was sacrificed at the very time that Christ was speaking these words; in the same way Christ was willing to present his body as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. The Passover lamb was symbolic of Christ’s redemption, but the sacrifice had to be renewed each year. Christ’s sacrifice was complete. Once and finally his ultimate sacrifice has freed humanity from the condemnation of their sins. We are set free in Christ because of what he has done for us. Now, because of this, should our righteous response be any less than repentance (forsaking) from sin and complete trust in Him??
1. What would it have been like to be Jesus, knowing the sacrifice He was about to make for us?
2. How would life be different without the hope Christ has given us through His sacrifice? Has His sacrifice and what He accomplished on my behalf caused any change in me or my behavior? Why or why not?
Challenge: Every time you take of the bread offered during communion, think of the sacrifice Christ made for you and go forward in humble service and worship of Him to whom all is owed. How will you do that today?
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