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Recognizing the Body of Christ

Scripture reading for August 18th: 1st Corinthians 11:17-34

Paul dealt with the problem of divisions in the church concerning the ‘Lord’s Supper’, what we would call ‘Holy Communion’.  In that day, this sacrament was usually a part of a meal called a ‘love feast’.  The church came together to eat a meal and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.

Paul addressed their bad manners and lack of love for each other displayed during this meal.  Some were coming early and eating all the food.  Others were taking too much wine and getting drunk.  (1st Corinthians 11:20-22)  Paul warned them that they were despising God’s church and humiliating those who had nothing to eat.  This caused strife and division during a meal that was to bring unity!

Paul explained the Lord’s Supper as he had received it.  “The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”  In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” (!st Corinthians 11:23-26)  This sacrament was to help believers center their lives on the One who had given His life for them.  The bread represented Christ’s broken body, offered as a sinless sacrifice.  The cup represented the shed blood that sealed a new covenant of grace through faith with each person who would trust in Jesus.  The cup also spoke of the second coming of Christ.  When He returned, believers would receive a new body and partake of the marriage supper of the Lamb in heaven with Christ.  (Revelation 19:7-9)

Paul encouraged each person to examine themselves before they partook of this precious meal.  They should each judge themselves and repent of any sins or division.  He even warned them that if they partook of the meal in an unworthy manner, the possibility of God’s judgment was there.  Judas died from failure to partake in the right spirit!  (1st Corinthians 11:29-31)  God’s desire was for all to be blessed!  Take a minute to examine your heart today!  Repent of any known sin and honor Christ’s gift of grace!

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“Lord, Show Us the Father.”

Scripture reading for November 4th: John 13-17

Jesus did not do anything on His own; as the Son of God, He came to do His Father’s will.  His Father’s will was that none that Jesus was given would perish, but that they would all be raised up on the last day.  (John 6:39-40)  It was the Father’s will that all who looked to Jesus and believed on Him would have eternal life and resurrection of their bodies.  To that end, Jesus came to earth and ministered the Gospel message of repentance and faith, calling all to believe on Him. It was to that end that He laid His life down for His sheep, demonstrating the Father’s heart for the lost.

Jesus repeatedly told those who heard Him that He was not here on His own, but to do the will of the One who sent Him.  (John 7:28-29, 8:18-19, 42, 10:18, 12:27, 14:6-10)  In our reading today, Jesus told His disciples that He was going to die and go away.  They were downcast and He sought to encourage them by telling them that He was going away to prepare a place for them and that He would come again and take them to be with Him.  Thomas, one of the twelve, was puzzled and asked Jesus where He was going and how they could know the way.  Jesus spoke, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)  Jesus told them that if they really knew Him, they would also know the Father.  He told them that from now on they knew the Father and had seen Him.

“Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” (John 14:8)  Philip was not getting it.  He wondered when Jesus was going to show them the Father and begged Jesus to do just that.  Jesus responded, “Don’t you know Me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?  Anyone who has seen Me, has seen the Father.” (John 14:9)  Jesus told them again and again that He was there to do the will of His Father.  All the words Jesus gave them were from the Father.  All the miracles Jesus did, revealed the Father working through Jesus.  Jesus’ promised these followers, “And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.” Wow!

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