Friday, September 18, 2015

God is Love (1 John 4:8)

Pretzel thins and the heart of God 

1 Corinthians 11:24 has always bothers me because I could not get a true picture of its meaning. "Jesus said, 'Take, eat. This is My body, which is broken for you. Do this to call Me [affectionately] to remembrance.'”

He is using a love language because He is love.

I had not been thinking about this part of communion while eating soup with  pretzel thins when I noticed the pretzels were in the shape of a heart and many of them were broken.

The scripture, “this is My body broken for you” came to mind. Suddenly I realized Jesus’ broken body was the heart of God toward us when Adam (mankind) committed high treason in the Garden of Eden. God saw all the terror, torment, the Holocaust, sex trafficking, ISIS cutting off believer’s heads, the Sudanese Christians being killed, raped and destroyed, abuse and all the horrible things we’ve done to one another because of Adam’s fall. This broke His heart.

When God announced, “This is My beloved Son” He was saying, “This is My heart for you, slain or broken before the world began. I love you, and all I have created, so much that I want you to see my broken heart. See how much I love you!”

Now, as we look at the cross, we can see the ultimate picture of love.

The Bible says that Jesus was anointed to heal the broken hearted. Because He became the broken heart of God, He is now positioned to heal our hearts. He’s suffered it all as He took our sins on His own body.

Jesus made the statement, “This is the covenant in My blood.” He was telling us that He poured out His life’s blood so that we can have His kind of life. In the Greek this word is Zoe.

In Leviticus 17:11 we see that Jesus’ blood is His life. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement (brings us back into a perfect relationship with our God), by reason of the life [which it represents].

(John 3:16) Jesus is telling us that God gave His broken heart, Jesus to die on the cross, so that whoever will believe on Him will not perish (die an eternal death) but will have everlasting life (Zoe).

As I take Communion today I am overwhelmed by the eternal love of my God as He presents His broken heart as Jesus on the cross.

Receive His life’s blood today in exchange for your old, sick, broken and emotionally depleted life, so that you may live the eternal life God has planned for you. He is only a prayer away.

Blessings on your day! Amen


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