Discern His Body

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For anyone who eats and drinks (the Lord’s supper) without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.  That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.  I Corinthians 11:29-30

Most of the time when I have taken communion, the message preceding it has been about the forgiveness of my sins.  I only recently came to see this in a different light.  Jesus said we are to take the bread and the wine in remembrance of Him.  We are to remember what His sacrifice was all about – the forgiveness of our sins, for sure, but also the healing of our bodies.  He took all of our diseases as well as all of our sins.  Too often, I think that aspect of His death is overlooked.  And this verse tells us that that is why so many are sick.

Discerning the body means recognizing everything that Jesus’ sacrifice brought us and receiving it into our lives.  Really all that’s left to do is recognize the body of the Lord, receive His gift of healing and say thank you.  The words of this song by Matt Redman are a beautiful prayer of thanksgiving:

Jesus Christ,

I think upon your sacrifice You became nothing,

poured out to death.

Many times, I wonder at your gift of life.

And I’m in that place once again.

I’m in that place once again.

And once again I look upon the cross where you died.

I’m humbled by your mercy and I’m broken inside.

Once again I thank you.

Once again I pour out my life.

Thank you for the cross.

Thank you for the cross, my friend.

Thank you for the cross.

Thank you for the cross.

Thank you for the cross, my friend.

Jesus, my friend, my Savior, my Redeemer.  Thank You for the cross.  Thank You for Your sacrifice and Your gift of life to me, to my family, to our world.  I am humbled by Your mercy and so very grateful that You love me enough to not only take my sins but my pain and diseases also.  What an amazing Savior  You are.  What an awesome love You displayed.  Help me to recognize all of what You did for me on that cross as I remember You during communion.  In Your name, Amen

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