Christ’s Body

Matthew 26:26  

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”

Listen to the "Verse by Verse" episode covering this scripture.

The breaking of the unleavened bread at the New Testament Passover service is symbolic of Christ’s suffering in our place for our sins. It reminds us of our deserved punishment that fell on Jesus as His body was beaten and broken.

Eating the bread is also symbolic of our allowing Jesus Christ to live His life in us, and our need to live by every word of God (John 6:35; Galatians 2:20; Matthew 4:4). Just as physical food is essential to maintain physical life, living by the spiritual “bread” is essential for a healthy spiritual life. Partaking of that “one bread” is also a reminder of the unity God desires in His Church (1 Corinthians 10:17). 

Study more about Passover in our Fundamental Beliefs “12. The Passover.” See also “Passover: What Did Jesus Do for You?

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