Sunday, April 22, 2012

Discerning The Lord’s Body

1 Corinthians 11:24 - ...and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for u; do this in remembrance of Me.”

Have u 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 u know why the bread is pierced, striped and burnt?

My friend, the bread that u hold in your hands when u 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…” (Isaiah 53:5, NIV)

Like the bread, He was scourged on His back until His flesh was all torn and bloody, and His bones were exposed, so that today, u can say, “By His stripes I am healed!” (Isaiah 53:5)

What about the burnt marks on the bread? The full fire of God’s wrath fell on Jesus, burning up our sins into ashes, and at the same time, bringing out the fragrance of the offering of Jesus. Today, your sins and lawless deeds are but ashes, and your Father in heaven remembers them no more! (Hebrews 8:12)

So the next time u 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 u will never be judged for your sins! He also bore your diseases and carried your pains so that u can walk in divine health!

When u discern these precious truths about our Lord’s body, u are partaking of the Holy Communion in a worthy manner. And u will not be weak and sickly, nor die b4 your time (1 Corinthians 11:27–30) No, u will be strong and healthy, and u will live long!

The Lord Is Your Refuge

Psalm 91:1–2 - He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 - I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.”

Every day, we are bombarded with news of conflicts, natural disasters, diseases and new strains of drug-resistant viruses. We also hear of people losing their loved ones in freak accidents. And we ask ourselves, “Is there a place where I can take refuge from a world gone mad?”

Yes, there is! God foresaw all these things and He has promised in His Word protection from every evil known 2 man. There is no trap set by the devil that our Father cannot deliver us from, if we trust in Him and take Him as our refuge. That is His promise in Psalm 91.

Whether it is an earthquake at midnight, a crazy sniper, an unknown virus or a terrorist attack, God says, “You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.” (Psalm 91:5–6)

Because u have made Him your dwelling place, angels are watching over u right now. (Psalm 91:9–11) They give heed 2 the voice of God’s Word, so u should give voice 2 God’s Word. This means that u should agree with and speak what God’s Word says about His preserving and protecting u. Then, angels are sent 2 minister for u. (Hebrews 1:14)

My friend, don’t say, “If it can happen 2 them, it can also happen 2 me!” Say, “A thousand may fall at my side and 10,000 at my right hand, but it will not come near me!” (Psalm 91:7) The world says that u cannot but expect danger all around. God says, “You are in this world but not of this world. U have My protection bcoz u are of Me and in Me.” (John 17:14–23)

You have access by faith into the secret place of the Most High where NO evil can touch u. There is no need 2 fear living in the end times bcoz the Lord is your refuge and fortress. His Word says so. And those who trust His Word completely find His Word completely true!