1 Corinthians 10:16, 17
“For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread,” 1 Corinthians 10:17.
It is very sad, but my children look like me. I wish it were not the case, but they carry some resemblance of me, whether it is the way they walk, talk, behave, look or their propensity for acne outbreaks. My kids’ character traits and physical appearances are signs that they share the same DNA as their mother and me. They are our flesh and blood, so to speak.
Similarly, everyone who calls himself a child of God will carry the character traits of his Heavenly Father. When a child of God enters into a covenant relationship with the body of Christ, he is identifying himself with Jesus Himself. In the practice of communion, each church member partakes of the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine, symbolizing his fellowship in the sufferings of Christ, in which His body was broken and His blood poured out. This act identifies a person with Christ and solidifies his membership in His body, His church. One becomes His flesh and blood, so to speak. What is the purpose of communion?—to remember the sacrifice of Jesus, to participate in His sacrifice and to strengthen the bond among the members of the body of Christ.
JUST A THOUGHT – Do you resemble Christ?
“And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever,” Exodus 12:17.
Perhaps the Israelites in bondage could not fully understand it at the time, but when God instituted the Feast of Unleavened Bread, He was setting up a picture of the body of Jesus Christ. Leaven is fermented dough and nearly always represents sin or decay in the Bible. A feast that focused on unleavened bread served as a reminder of the purity of heart God requires.
When churches observe the Lord’s Supper today, they use unleavened bread, just as Jesus used when He instituted the Lord’s Supper, which symbolizes the perfect, sinless body of Jesus. “Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body” (Matt. 26:26).
The picture continues further when we realize how we behave as the body of Christ today when we serve God through a church. As we serve the world around us in love, we become the hands and feet of Jesus. The only way a church can represent Christ truthfully is to maintain a standard of health and holiness within the church through a unified pursuit of Christ and accountability to that commitment. That is why Paul tells the church in Corinth to enjoy the fellowship of the church by walking in “sincerity and truth” (1 Cor. 5:8).
JUST A THOUGHT
Will you walk in sincerity and truth today?