Eucharist – This Is My Body
“And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Luke 22:19 NASB
This IS My body?
What a huge problem a little word can be! “IS” has only two letters yet for two thousand years, holy wars have been fought over it. People have been put to death over this little word.
“Is” in this verse comes from the Greek word “estin”. It is translated “is” in many cases. It can also be translated “this means”. For instance, Matthew 12:7, “But if you had known what this means (estin), ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT A SACRIFICE,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.”
Therefore, it is absolutely accurate to translate this verse, “This means My Body . . .” or “This is a symbol of My Body . . .” Context is essential. There is no need to fight for “is” when is it is just as accurate to translate it “means” or “stands for”.
A little logic, please.
Picture this with me. Jesus is holding a bread. He is in bodily form. He distributes something to you saying, “This is My body”. If He gives you a dismembered part of His Body, then we conclude He is being literal. If He gives you anything else besides a dismembered part of His Body, then we conclude He is being symbolic.
More than a symbol
Jesus was using the bread and wine to be a symbol of His body and blood. The thought of cannibalism is nauseating for sure. Yet, the Eucharist (The Lord’s Supper, Communion) is not some gross pagan practice, it is a beautiful holy connection to God.
There is more to it than bread and wine (juice). It is to be kept holy. It is to be received in a worthy manner.
This Sunday, I want to explore this with you further. I am expecting God to do something powerful. Come expecting.
“not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25 NASB
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Also new service: Saturdays 6PM, at Evangel World Prayer Center (6900 Billtown Road).
Pastors John & Erin Carmichael
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