Jesus said, “Take, eat, this is My body which is broken for you, do this in remembrance of Me.” 1 Corinthians 11:24
We are all aware that Jesus’ blood paid the price for our sins, but what about His body? Jesus referred to more than forgiveness when He said, “This is My body broken for you.” He was beaten, mocked, abandoned, stripped, and crucified. He took upon Himself all sin and all sickness, humiliation, abandonment, and abuse. WHY?
So, that through faith in Him, we could be reconciled to God and made whole in Him. When mankind fell in the Garden of Eden, their actions allowed sin, sickness, poverty, and death into our world. However, God instantly had a plan to redeem us from all of those things through Jesus on the cross (Genesis 3:15). Jesus described this redemptive plan when He said, “My body broken for you.”
Isaiah prophesied about the Lord’s physical sacrifice hundreds of years before the birth of the Messiah in Isaiah 53:3-5. God’s perfect plan to save us was for Jesus to take all of those evil things on Himself. The Bible says that He actually became sin for us on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21). Our human minds can’t even imagine how horrible that was for Him. He lived a perfect life, but became corrupted by sin in His body so that we could live free from it. Hallelujah.
When His body was broken for you, He became the all sufficient sacrifice. John the Baptist called Jesus “The lamb of God who takes away the sin of this world” (John 1:29). Jesus’ body was literally broken for you. Just as He became sin so you could be righteous, He endured the torture of the cross so that your body could be well, whole, and healthy.
We have to remember all the benefits that Jesus purchased for us on the cross (Psalm 103:2-5). 1st Corinthians 11:29-30 tells us that some believers are sick and dying because they aren’t discerning the Lord’s body, (what He accomplished in His body for you and me). One way we remember Jesus’ sacrifice is by taking Communion. Taking Communion is a point of contact through which we can receive healing in our physical bodies.
When we take Communion, we are focusing on the finished work of Jesus on the cross. Jesus said, “Take, eat, this is my body”. When you take the bread, remember you’ve been healed and made whole because His body was broken for you. When you take Communion, you’re saying, “I’m ingesting the power of God and the Word of God. I receive all of His healing power right now at this very moment. I declare that I am healed completely in all of my body. Glory to God.