1 Corinthians 11:24-25 – And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
Before we go any further today, please take the time to read our Text for Today again, perhaps even twice. Here, the Apostle Paul writes concerning how Jesus administered certain elements of Passover to His disciples the night of His arrest. In the sharing of both elements, notice the phrase “in remembrance of Me.” In our churches today, we may not speak of Passover, but likely replace that term with Communion. I will not quibble with that, but I do believe we should give more attention to our partaking of Communion in the light of the specific phrase I have cited; “In remembrance of Me.”
Let us consider for a moment today what we should remember concerning Jesus as we partake of His body and His blood. His body was “broken for you.” Perhaps the most obvious meaning we should take to our remembrance here is that by His stripes, we were healed (1 Peter 2:24). If we were, then we are. This healing is not just for a few, or even the majority. It is for EVERY MEMBER of the body of Christ, and it is for their total and complete healing, from the crown of their head to the toes of their feet; EVERY cell, fluid, membrane, organ, and structure placed there by the Lord. Just as Jesus drove out the buyers and sellers from the Temple (Father’s house of prayer), because they were stealing from the people, so He has fully authorized EVERY believer whose body is the temple of Holy Ghost, to yield themselves to His will and drive out every thief of life the enemy attempts to establish in the temple of Holy Ghost. Your body IS HIS TEMPLE.
Likewise, EVERY member of the body of Christ is a prized, treasured, and totally unique vessel of the Lord’s making, and the Lord’s equipping. In our discerning of the Lord’s body, we likewise need to recognize that He has placed giftings and anointings in each of His people for the purpose of serving and edifying the body of Christ. They are not there to be hidden and not used. They are there to serve and edify, to honor the Lord. To that end, every believer should strive to be sensitive to Holy Ghost, recognizing the gifts and anointings in each of His peculiar treasures, honoring those gifts so we may receive from them, and provoking fellow believers to use their gifts and anointings for the glory of God, and the edifying of the body of Christ. May we truly learn to discern the Lord’s body for His glory, to honor Him in both the church and the world.
Manna for Today – Psalm 118; Deuteronomy 8:18; Genesis 9:5; 1 Chronicles 16:12; Psalm 77:6-11; Proverbs 4:20-23; Isaiah 43:26; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Philippians 2:1-11; Romans 12:1-2