Jesus uses references to our physical
world, to illustrate spiritual truths. He uses every day physical items and processes
that we understand to impart spiritual lessons.
He uses the simple activity of a meal
to remind us of His two great provisions: cleansing and teaching (growth).
Wine is physically cleansing. Jesus
chose wine to represent His blood, using the physical properties of wine to
illustrate His cleansing sacrifice on the cross. The forgiveness of sins
made possible by the shedding of His blood.
Jesus often uses bread to illustrate
teaching. Just as physical food provides nourishment for our physical
bodies, spiritual food (teaching) provides nourishment for His Spirit in us.
Just as the food we physically eat enables our physical growth, spiritual
food (His teaching), enables our spiritual growth. As we grow through His
teaching we are transformed into His likeness. Jesus' teaching transforms us
into His new physical body, the physical body in which His Holy Spirit resides.
We as believers, are the body of Christ.
When we eat, we are
instructed to remember His two great provisions:
His cleansing sacrifice on the cross
The growth He enables with His
We are also reminded of our
responsibility as the new body of Christ.
For those that Believe in Him, Jesus
provides cleansing (forgiveness of sins), so that we can receive His Holy Spirit.
He then provides teaching to grow His Holy Spirit in us, so we may become the
physical presence of Christ on earth.
But that's not all:
Jesus also uses this meal to remind
Disciples of their two primary responsibilities. The Apostle Paul refers to
these responsibilities as planting and watering (See 1 Corinthians 3:6-7):
Sowing the Gospel
message (planting), and
When Disciples eat and drink, they are
also reminded of these responsibilities.
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