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April 19: “This is My Body…”

April 19th, 2019

 

 

Scripture: Luke 22:7-20

7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”

9 “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.

10 He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11 and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.”

13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”

17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

 

Reflection Poem

Come with me to the night when Jesus promised us everything,
Come with me to night when Jesus promised us his very self,
An embodied God, surrendering his very body, bone, blood and flesh,
And he promised us everything,
Because everything was broken,
And because everything was broken,
He himself would need to be,
“This, is MY body!”
God’s body surrendered and rendered worthless,
And all this for every body that has ever been wounded,
for every body that has ever been stripped of its God-ordained purpose
Hear Christ say
“This, is MY body”
For every body, that has ever been gripped in the throws of sin,
Over and over again,
Hear Christ say
“This, is MY body.”
For every body, that has ever been deemed unworthy
That has ever been judged and found wanting
“This, is MY body.”
For every body, that has ever been broken down into dysfunction
“This, is MY body.”
For every body, that has ever been intruded upon
Jesus says “This, is MY body.”
Take! MY body, Break, MY body,
For every body that has ever been marginalized and categorized
As less than the glory of God in anyone’s eyes
Jesus says hate, MY body
Erase, MY body!
Deface, MY body!
Disgrace, MY body!
This, This, is MY body!
Jesus asked to make a trade,
Us, for him,
His body, his blood,
His existence,
For our sin,
And the very forces of darkness accepted,
And because they accepted the blood came streaming down,
“This, is MY blood.”
Poured out for forgiveness,
“This, is MY blood.”
Poured out for the world’s sickness,
“This, is MY blood.”
Poured out as a witness
“This, is MY blood.”
Poured out
Poured over
Pouring down,
On the world over
“This, is MY blood.”
“This, is MY body.”

 

Reflection Questions

  • As you reflect on these words of Christ, how does knowing that He gave His very body and His blood for the world, and for you, impact you today?

 

Soul Care Practice

Morning
Become aware of God’s loving presence and imagine Jesus saying these words to you: “This is my body given for you…” Talk with Jesus about any thoughts, reflections, challenges, and emotions that come up within you. How can you embody these words and follow Christ in your home, neighborhood, and workplace?

Evening
Read Jesus’ words again slowly: “This is my body given for you…” How did these words shape and guide you today? Pray your thoughts, desires, needs, struggles, and joys from today. As you go to bed, rest in God’s presence.

 

Blessing

“The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10)

 

 

Written by Mark Chase, Lead LifeGroups Pastor