the Lord’s Body
—1 Corinthians 11:24
Have you ever taken a close look at the matzah bread that the Jews eat during their Passover meal? The bread, which is unleavened, is pierced with rows of little holes forming stripes. It is also slightly burnt. Many churches today use this bread for the holy Communion.
Do you know why the bread is pierced, striped, and burnt?
My friend, the bread that you hold in your hands when you partake of the Lord’s Supper speaks of the body of our Lord Jesus Christ when He bore our sins and sicknesses on the cross.
Like the bread, He was pierced in His brow by the crown of thorns as well as in His hands and feet by the nails. He was also pierced in His side by a soldier’s spear. The prophet Isaiah says, “He was pierced for our transgressions” (Isa. 53:5 NIV).
Like the bread, His back was scourged until His flesh was all torn and bloody, and His bones were exposed so that today, you can say, “By His stripes I am healed” (Isa. 53:5)!
What about the burnt marks on the bread? His body was burnt because the full fury of God’s wrath against our sins fell on Him. This fire was supposed to fall
on us, but it fell on Jesus instead.
So the next time you partake of the bread during the holy Communion, know that Jesus was pierced for your sins and scourged for your healing. He bore God’s fiery judgment so that you will never be judged for your sins! He also bore your diseases and carried your pains so that you can walk in divine health!
When you discern these precious truths about our Lord’s body, you are partaking of the holy Communion in a worthy manner. When you partake in this spirit
of faith, something happens to your body. And you will begin to see the Lord’s heart for you to live strong, healthy, and long!
We are praying for you!
If you are dealing with a health challenge today, we are believing with you for your breakthrough. But even as we stand in faith with you, we encourage you to practice faith with godly wisdom. Please continue to consult your doctor about your condition and don’t throw away your medication or disregard any professional medical advice or diagnosis. We are praying for you, and look forward to hearing your praise report!