Monday, March 26, 2012

This is my Body...

Luke 22:19 (NKJV) And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." 

When you think of someone's body, you probably think of their physical body. When Jesus said, "this is my body", He had more than the physical body in mind. In the above verse, the word body comes from the Greek word so-mah. The Greek word so-mah, comes from the root word, so-zo. The word so-zo can be translated to the English word saved, or the word healed, or the word whole. So the best literal translation of my body would be whole me.

To gain a better understanding of the Greek word so-zo, we can look to see the different ways it is used in Scripture. First, look at John 3:16-17, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." The last word, saved, comes from the Greek word so-zo. We know that our physical bodies will die some day so we know this is not a physical saved, but a spiritual saved.

Second, see what Luke 7:50 says; "Then He said to the woman, 'Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."' This story in Luke is about a women that washed the feet of Jesus with her hair. The Bible makes no mention of physical infirmities rather it simply tells us that she had many sins (see Luke 7:39--50). When Jesus said, "your faith has saved you", He said your faith has so-zo you. The Weymouth New Testament puts it this way, "Your faith has cured you." Since this was not a physical healing---it had to be an emotional healing.

Third, Matthew 9:22 tells us, "But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour (KJV)." The word whole comes from the Greek word, so-zo. This passage is referring to a physical healing. The woman had an issue of blood for twelve years (v. 20, 21).

When Jesus was arrested, the punishment began. Jesus was beaten, spit on, insulted, and literally shredded by whips (Mat. 27:29, 30, & 41, Lu. 22:63--65, Joh. 19:1). He was nailed to a cross naked, people made jokes about Him and insulted for another six hours. In the end His Father had to turn away from Him and He gave up His Spirit (Mat. 15:34, Joh. 19:30). He was punished, body, soul and spirit.

So when you break bread, remembering what Jesus did---remember this---He gave Himself, His whole self, so you could be healthy, fit, and strong---body, soul, and spirit. Come to the communion table with praise. He gave you this wonderful gift, he wants to see you happy about it!

Communion is like vitamins. make it a regular part of your relationship with Jesus and you will see the benefits.

Be Blessed!

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