He personally carried the load of our sins in his own body when he died on the cross
so that we can be finished with sin and live a good life from now on.
For his wounds have healed ours!
I Peter 2:24
Today at church, we will celebrate communion. It is a time to reflect on what Jesus’s death on the cross means to us. Forgiveness is usually the message that is spoken at communion services, but I have come to think of communion as more that just that (although that alone is reason to celebrate).
Joseph Prince has this to say about communion: “To see God’s grace toward us when we are sick is to see what Jesus did for us at the cross…Beloved, see Jesus carrying your symptoms and diseases on His own body. See Him taking one lash after another until His back was shredded to ribbons. See Him falling again and again under the brutality of the scourging, only to rise again and again for more beating until ALL your diseases were healed! Receive your healing as you receive what His perfect finished work at the cross has accomplished for you!”
We are told to celebrate communion and to remember Jesus as we do. To the disciples that would include remembering all the people He touched and healed and the lives that were changed right there in front of their eyes. To me, it would include thinking back on all the times He has been faithful to His word in my life, the times He touched me and healed me and changed me. It would mean looking intently at Jesus and knowing that all that He took upon Himself on that cross, He took so that I could live free of its power over me. Free from sin, free from death, free from sickness and disease. Free to enter into a relationship with my Father God without shame or condemnation or a sense of unworthiness.
Today Jesus, as I approach the communion table, prepare my heart to receive all that You purchased for me. Open my eyes to see You more clearly, more dearly, more intimately. Thank You for doing for me what I couldn’t do for myself – be cleansed from all unrighteousness, be healed from all diseases. Today, would You touch my heart, my body, my life in whatever way You desire as I keep You in remembrance as we celebrate communion? Have Your way in my life, I surrender it to You again. Amen.