x508.......WE Get the Blood---But What About the bread and Meat?
I believe that we as Christians understand the significance of the blood of Jesus Christ. We understand that it is His shed blood upon the cross which washes away our sins. We understand that it is the blood which heals--
24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that
we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes
ye were healed.
(1 Peter 2:24, KJV).
There are many fine teachings on the blood of Jesus--and they are all very worthwhile--and extremely important for all Christians to understand and live by.
Jesus called Himself the sacrifice--the offering--for sin. From the very beginning of His ministry, where he is proclaimed to be the lamb which takes away sin----
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold
the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
(John 1:29, KJV).
The significance of "the lamb" was as sin offering--this is apparent through scripture.....
Ge 22:7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father:
and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and
the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
Ge 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
Ex 29:39 The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning; and the other lamb thou shalt offer at even:
Le 4:32 And if he bring a lamb for a sin offering, he shall bring it a female without blemish.
Le 5:6 And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD for his sin which he hath sinned, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats, for a sin offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his sin.
But the sacrifice is not only of blood--but of meat. Jesus not only called Himself a blood offering--but also a meat and bread offering.
Do we understand he significance of what he was saying?
"Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily,
I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his
blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood,
hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh
is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh,
and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father
hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall
live by me."
(John 6:53-57, KJV).
Well, we know about the Lord's supper.
We know that we are all invited to His supper.
We believe that it is just a simple remembrance of Jesus, but it is much more-!
Jesus called Himself bread...
22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it,
and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.
(Mark 14:22, KJV).
and we the church are the body--the bread
1Co 10:17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
But what is the significance of bread and meat?
32 And Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram, and the bread
that is in the basket, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
(Exodus 29:32, KJV).
Answer: it is the invitation to be priests--for all Christians. Because the meaning of eating the bread and the meat of the sacrifice is to signify a priesthood---as in the old covenant example of the Levitical priesthood (which began with Aaron). In the OT, only the priests could partake of the altar--only the priests could eat the bread and the meat of the sacrifice. The significance of Jesus--our sin offering--calling Himself bread and meat. It is the invitation--made to all the body--to serve God--to minister--to walk out a priesthood in the earth.
1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an
holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to
God by Jesus Christ.
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: