…”this is my body which is broken for you:”

HIS BODY.

As those of us who have seen the movie, “The passion of The Christ” remember how vivid, how torturous, how cruel He was beaten. It seemed endless in the movie, what He went through for us. Most would say that the movie went on too long in showing all the gore. I say that the movie was just a very small picture of all the suffering that our Saviour went through.

The Prophet Isaiah prophesied some 700 years before Christ. “But he was wounded for our transgressions,”. The word “transgressions” here means, “a revolt” (when we revolted against God), “rebellion”, “sins”, “trespasses”. Do we remember rebelling against God?

“he was bruised for our iniquities:” The word “iniquities” here means, “perversity”, “evil”, “faults”, “mischiefs”.
“the chastisement of our peace was upon him;” (another version says, “the punishment that brought us peace was upon him”).
His body was severally chastised for us, all our sins, all our transgressions, all our iniquities.

The Good News is, “and with his stripes(his beatings, his sufferings, his whippings) we are healed. The word “healed” here means, “to mend by stitching, to cure, to heal, physician(The Great Physician), repair thoroughly, make whole”.
This verse is almost always used for physical healing, and rightfully so, but I would like for us to focus on the meaning of “make whole”.

All Christ’s grueling sufferings, his beatings, all he went through was to make us whole again. To restore us back to The Father of life. No longer dead in trespasses, sins, transgressions, iniquities. HE BORE IT ALL UPON HIS BODY FOR US.  “who Himself bore our sins in his own body on the tree,” (1Pet.2:24a)
Also, He suffered “the wrath of God” upon himself, for us.

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all”.
It was all laid upon Jesus,”The Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world”.

“he was brought as a lamb to the slaughter,”
“for the transgressions of my people was he stricken”(beaten).
Yet in all this, “it pleased the Lord to bruise him” ( to beat him, to wound him, to crush him). Why? Because sin was finally being destroyed, being atoned for. The word, “bruise” here means, “to crumble, beat to pieces, break in pieces, crush”.

And yes, it pleased God that His Son was The Sin Offering for the whole world. And God did “see the travail of Jesus’ soul, and He was satisfied”. By all this suffering, torching, scourging, Jesus God’s “righteous servant justified many;” for he (Jesus) shall bear their iniquities”.
“he did pour out his soul unto death:”
“and he was numbered with the transgressors:”
“and he bore the sin of many,(for all of us He died) and made intercession for the transgressions”.

God did destroy sin, all our sins were laid upon Jesus’ body. He literally beat, broke, crushed, Jesus’ body (yes, we know that his bones were not broken, but his body was crushed, beaten to a pulp) For what?
The sins of all mankind, from the beginning to the end.
Christ is the sin barrier. All must come to Him alone, for the forgiveness of sins. And you must have forgiveness of sins to escape the wrath of God that will come upon all those who have rejected the Saviour.

I often say out on the streets, ” Where in all of history, has there been a man who has died for the sins of all mankind? Did Buddha die for your sins? Did Mohammad die for you sins? Joseph Smith? etc. etc.

The next time you take communion, and take the bread which symbolizes His body, remember what Christ went through for you. Not only to the cross, but what He went through leading up to the cross. Let us not forget!
Picture in your mind if need be, the suffering, the whipping, the spear jabbed into his side, all of this for us! Why? Because, “For God so loved the world” (that’s you and I and them out there).

His body should mean everything to us. It was “broken” for us. His body took on All SIN. God the Father took it out on His body. Oh yes, lest we forget, His body contained His blood. The body and the blood.

The Apostle Paul writing to the church at Corinth said, “For I myself received from our Lord that which I also delivered to you, That our Lord Jesus on that very night in which he was betrayed took bread; And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of me. (1Cor.11:23-24)

Amen

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6 Responses to “…”this is my body which is broken for you:””

  1. Glen Jeffers Says:

    Could it be that the statement “… this is my body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of me.” is not asking us to remember what he did (a hearer of the Word only) but is asking us to be broken (a doer of the word) like our Savior was? Paul was wanting the Corinthians to grow up from babies and being carnal so that he could address them about spiritual matters (I Corinthians 3:1-3). In order to be broken of their envy, strife, divisions (I Cor 3:1-3) and their malice and wickedness (I Cor 5:6-8) they needed to understand the Lord’s Supper spiritually and not simply argue about the physical elements.
    Paul was concerned that after 14 years they had not been broken, they had not repented and they were not even of the faith. He told them they should examine themselves as to whether they are in the faith and test themselves to determine if Christ lived in them (II Cor 12:19-13:6). Why is that? Because they still treated those in the body of Christ like the world (unregenerate) and still did not discern that they were actually persecuting Christ (II Cor 12:20, Acts 9:3-7).
    May we recognize the harm we bring to the Lord’s body by not being broken of the divisions we refuse to be broken of so that we can be the true spiritual body we were called to be (Rom 8:28-29) and walk in love and peace with our brothers and sisters in Christ’s body.
    May we not only remember the salvation Jesus purchased for us but may we crucify daily (daily communion) our carnal, sinful nature so that the world may see Christ in us.

  2. rjperalta Says:

    Well brother, if that’s what you received from it, praise God. I was blessed by it.

    Thanks,
    Grace to you,
    Richard

  3. John Hannaford Says:

    There is a couple of problems here.

    Firstly nowhere does the Bible record Jesus saying: “this is my body which is broken for you”. Paul (with probably the oldest written text of the last supper) records Jesus as saying: “This is my body which is for you“. Luke has similar words: ‘This is my body given for you”.

    Secondly as you point out Jesus’s body was not in fact broken at all. When the soldiers came to break the legs of the three that Friday to hasten their deaths, they did not have to break Jesus’ legs because he was already dead. Jesus body was horrible beaten and scarred but not broken.

    So what? You may ask. Is it really that important? In the final analysis perhaps not, except for this: there is a world of difference between “broken” and “given”. One implies the aggressor is the one in control. The other implies a giver who acts out of freedom.

    Jesus was particularly concerned to impress on his disciples that his life was not being taken from him but that he was freely offering it up. By sacrificing his life he was the one who was in control. He was subverting the oppressor. He was taking back the power.

    So now when we break bread together …..

  4. rjperalta Says:

    John,
    Well, I agree that it could have been “titled” different. But the message still remains the same. This post talks about what He went through for us. So often we want to “nit pick”, but we forget the meat found in the message. This seems to be a common problem in “Christendom”. The post pretty much explains that his body was not literally “broken”. And all this we should remember when we “break bread”.
    Thanks for stopping by, and may you be blessed as you go out.

  5. Daphne Says:

    John,
    I am so pleased to have found this comment . This has always bothered me. Jesus’ body was not as you say “broken” it was GIVEN and it SAYS given in the Word. Why do so many say broken ,can’t they read?Or do they they change ie “add to the Scriptures?”

  6. Richard Says:

    Daphne,
    Good points. The point of the post was to remember what His body went through for us. I hope this post brought this to mind.
    Thanks for stopping by!

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