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Matthew 26:26-28

 

   

 

Matthew 26:26-28

26 While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is My body."
27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you;
28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.

 

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:

  1. His cleansing sacrifice on the cross

  2. The growth He enables with His teaching.

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):

  1.     Sowing the Gospel message (planting), and

  2.     Teaching (watering)

When Disciples eat and drink, they are also reminded of these responsibilities.

 

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