In other words, the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. But to us who are being saved, it is a manifestation of God's power.
September 11, 2023
1 Corinthians 1:18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
In other words, the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. But to us who are being saved, it is a manifestation of God’s power. The same message that might seem foolish to the world is the very message that holds the power of God in your life.
I’d like to share a personal experience from 2012 when I had a profound encounter with the Lord. Since that transformative moment, I’ve dedicated myself to preaching and teaching about the significance of the message of the cross. However, I must emphasize that even after ten years, it remains impossible to fully unveil the profound impact of what the Lord accomplished on the cross.
There is an abundance of treasure, an incredible wealth in what the Lord has achieved on the cross. Despite two millennia of preaching, we have only scratched the surface of comprehending it. Therefore, please refrain from assuming that you fully grasp the depth of what Jesus accomplished on the cross for you.
1 Corinthians 8:2 – If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.
You see, the issue arises when we adopt an attitude of knowing it all because the moment we do, we close ourselves off from receiving more. So, I encourage you to sit with the humility of a child, ready to receive. Say to the Lord, “I am here, open to your teachings.”
Today, I want to delve into the profound significance of what Jesus accomplished on the cross for us, stressing that His work on the cross is anything but trivial. It is not a small matter; it’s monumental. Yes, Jesus’ work on the cross goes beyond the mere forgiveness of sins, although that is undoubtedly a part of it. We have been redeemed from the power of sin, our sins have been forgiven, but there’s even more to it.
Paul emphasizes that the message of the cross, the good news it carries, is the power of God unto salvation. It is the power of God for those who are in the process of being saved. It may seem foolish to the world because it defies logic. Think about it: The cross, 2000 years ago, was immediately associated with death and curse. It was the symbol of one of the most agonizing forms of punishment ever devised by the Romans, a symbol of slow and excruciating death. With every breath taken, the pain increased. That’s the image of the cross – a symbol of death. And yet, Jesus managed to redeem it and turn it into a symbol of life and salvation.
When you contemplate the cross today, it’s no longer associated with death but with life because of what Jesus has achieved through His redemption. Paul makes it clear that the message of the cross may seem foolish to the world because the symbol itself is connected to death. It’s a symbol of death. However, for us, it represents the power of God, a profound force for those who are on the path to salvation.
2 Corinthians 5:21 – For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
As we read these verses, it’s essential to grasp that the message of the cross is not about something you must do; it’s about something that has already been done for you.
Once again, it’s crucial to understand that the message of the cross is not about what you can do for Jesus but rather about what Jesus has already done for you. Without a deep understanding of what Jesus has accomplished, you won’t be able to do anything for Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 reads: “For our sake, he made him to be sin who knew no sin so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
This verse is profound. Jesus, who was sinless, was made to be sin, not a sinner but sin itself. He took on the very essence of what qualifies someone as a sinner. He became sin so that we, in Him, might become the righteousness of God. He didn’t become a sinner; instead, He became the qualification that defines sin. And through this incredible act, we become the qualification that defines God’s righteousness. The very measure by which God is recognized as righteous has become a part of you and me.
Can you fathom the depth of this? When you look at God and see His righteousness, consider that the very qualification that defines His righteousness has become a part of you. It might seem incomprehensible, and that’s okay—it doesn’t need to make logical sense. Remember, the message of the cross appears as foolishness to those who are perishing. It defies conventional wisdom.
How could Jesus, who knew no sin, become sin? It’s a profound mystery. On the cross, a divine exchange occurred. He took your sin and gave you His righteousness. It’s a divine transaction. So, the moment you believe in Jesus, say “yes” to His finished work, you instantly become the righteousness of God. Just like that. It’s a gift. Righteousness isn’t something you earn; it’s freely received by believing in what Jesus accomplished on the cross.
You just freely receive, say it with me, freely, freely, freely.
When Jesus faced trial before Pontius Pilate, there was another prisoner named Barabbas. Interestingly, his first name was also Jesus. Jesus Barabbas was notorious, known as a bandit, and had committed murder. He was part of a group of Jews who had rebelled against the Roman Empire, leading to his capture. Pontius Pilate presented a choice to the crowd: “Whom do you want to set free? This innocent Jesus, who has committed no crime, or Barabbas, the murderer and notorious bandit?” Astonishingly, the entire crowd cried out, “Release Barabbas!” They even went further, saying, “Let his blood be upon us.”
On that fateful day, Jesus was crucified, and Barabbas was set free. Jesus, the innocent one, was crucified, while Barabbas, the criminal, was granted freedom – just like that. Similarly, when you and I believe in Jesus, just like that, we are set free. He was crucified for our sins.
It’s crucial to grasp this: When Jesus died, He took on the very nature of sin itself. He didn’t become the specific sins we commit in our bodies, like murder or other acts of sin. The term for the sins committed through our bodies is often described as trespasses or transgressions, which are indeed considered sins.
Murder, adultery, lying, stealing, pride – these are all examples of trespasses and transgressions. But remember, every sinful action is preceded by a sinful thought. There’s a thought behind every sinful act, and in the Bible, these sinful thoughts are referred to as iniquities.
So, consider this: When you decide in your heart to do something sinful, like David’s decision regarding Bathsheba, that’s an iniquity right there. It’s a thought-driven sin.
Now, it’s important to understand that Jesus did not become your specific transgressions or trespasses, nor did He become your iniquities. Trespass and transgression refer to actions committed through your body, while iniquity is associated with thoughts and intentions. Jesus, however, took on the depth of sin itself, something much deeper than individual actions or thoughts.
Sin is, in essence, the separation from God. Jesus became that very separation from God that leads us to think and act in ways that go against His will. Now, let’s delve into an important theological question: Did Adam commit sin first and then become separated from God, or was he already separated from God and then sinned?
Consider this perspective: It’s not simply that Adam ate from the forbidden tree and then experienced separation from God. Rather, it’s plausible that he was already separated from God, and this separation led him to commit the sin of eating from the tree. While I won’t delve into the scriptures here, I encourage you to explore this further and conduct your own research.
In Genesis 1, we see God, referred to as Elohim, the Lord God Almighty, creating the entire universe. However, in Genesis chapter two, when God interacts with man, there’s a shift in terminology as He begins to communicate with humanity.
He does not explicitly reveal himself as God. In fact, whenever you encounter interactions between God and Adam or God and Eve in the text, you won’t find the word ‘Elohim’; instead, you’ll come across the term ‘Yahweh.’ So, in the English Bible, Elohim is often translated as ‘Lord God,’ and we encounter the combination ‘Yahweh Elohim.’ Now, what’s the significance of ‘Yahweh’? ‘Elohim’ means ‘almighty God,’ while ‘Yahweh’ signifies ‘I’m a covenant-keeping God’—a relational God.
When God introduced himself to Adam, he conveyed, ‘I am the almighty, all-powerful God who created the entire cosmos in six days. But to you, I’m a God of covenant, a God of relationships. I’m not just a deity who performs extraordinary feats—though I am all that—but to you, I desire a relational connection, marked by intimacy.’ So, how was Adam supposed to know God? Through relational intimacy. Therefore, the name God revealed to Adam was ‘Yahweh Elohim.’
Now, let’s examine the concept of temptation in Genesis chapter three.
Genesis 3:1-3 – Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
Here’s an interesting point to note: when the serpent refers to God, he uses ‘Elohim,’ not ‘Yahweh.’ Are you following along?
Now, let’s look at Eve’s response. She said to the serpent, ‘We may eat from the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said…’
Think of it this way: if someone were to ask me if my father, whose name is Pastor Vargese Thomas, would be attending a meeting, my response would be, ‘Yes, my dad will be there.’ Why?”
Consider this: Even though they knew Him as Pastor Vargese Thomas, the way I relate to Him is as my dad. Ideally, Eve should have said, ‘The Lord God said you are not supposed to eat.’ But what she did was follow the same pattern that the devil was imposing on her. The devil wants you to believe that you are separated from God in your mind. So, he plants the thought, ‘Did Elohim, the Almighty God, really tell you?’ What is he doing? With that statement alone, he creates a separation in her mind, suggesting that God is not relational. He is almighty and all-powerful, but not relational. This initial separation in the mind is the beginning of a downward spiral.
First comes the separation from God, then the evil thought, followed by action—the trespass, the transgression. Jesus died for that sin, for the identity that made you feel like an orphan, separated from God, with no hope of reconciliation with the Father. He took on that identity of sin. When he became the embodiment of sin, he looked up to heaven and cried out, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ Up until that point, Jesus had always addressed God as Father. But in that moment, when he bore the sins of the world, he became the embodiment of separation—the very identity that severs the connection between you and God the Father.
Why did Jesus do this? So that we could have the identity of being one with Him. Righteousness is not just a concept; it’s an identity. It’s like this: no matter what I’ve done, I will always remain my father’s son. Righteousness has become our identity. The one who knew no sin took on our identity to give us His identity. He bestowed His identity upon us. He did this so that we could become one with Him. Amen. Now, you are the righteousness of God. What does that mean? It means, in fact, as the book of Romans says, you are slaves of righteousness.
Imagine this: You are imprisoned in righteousness. Consider this analogy – before Jesus, if a sinner did something good, would they be considered righteous? For instance, if a beggar were to wear the clothes of a royal emperor, would he become an emperor? No, he’d still be a beggar because that’s his identity. Likewise, if a lion tried to act like a cat, it would still be a lion. Similarly, no matter how many righteous acts a sinner performed, their identity remained that of a sinner.
We used to be slaves to sin, but now we are slaves to righteousness. What does that mean? It means that even if you occasionally step out of your identity and make mistakes, you are still identified as righteous. This is the incredible gift we have received through Jesus, freely given to us. Think about it – freely, freely, freely. He, who knew no sin, became sin so that we could become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
Let’s explore three significant consequences of righteousness in contrast to the effects of sin. When Adam sinned in the garden, we witnessed the aftermath of sin. Firstly, the earth became cursed, leading to a life lived in a cursed atmosphere. Secondly, due to this cursed environment, Adam had to toil by the sweat of his brow, introducing stress into his life. This stress gave rise to poverty, as making a living now required strenuous efforts. Consequently, sickness entered the world as a consequence of sin. Sin’s consequences included death, sickness, curse, poverty, demonic oppression, and stress, among others.
Isaiah 53:5 – But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
Transgressions refer to the sins committed through our actions, while iniquities are related to our thoughts and attitudes. Upon Jesus fell the chastisement that brought us peace, and through His wounds, we find healing. Jesus was pierced, crushed, and wounded so that you and I could experience peace, well-being, and healing. Do you see the significance of this?
Galatians 3:13-14. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree” so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
Do you see the profound meaning here? Jesus willingly became cursed so that we could receive the blessing. Recall Isaiah 53:5, which explains how He was wounded, pierced, and crushed to bring us healing. In Galatians, we see that Jesus took on the curse to give us the blessing. Essentially, Jesus is undoing all the consequences of Adam’s actions. Romans 5 even emphasizes that if Adam’s actions had such a significant impact, how much more has Christ’s grace transformed our lives. It’s not just about balancing the books; it’s about exceeding all expectations. You are indeed recipients of His profound grace, my friends. The impact of sin was immense, but the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is much, much greater.
2 Corinthians 8:9 – For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
This is fantastic news, my friends—Jesus became poor on the cross so that, through his poverty, you and I can become rich. Isaiah 61 tells us that the Spirit of the Lord is upon him, and he is anointed to proclaim good news to the poor. What’s good news to the poor? It’s not just about reaching heaven someday while struggling on this earth. The good news for the poor is that Christ, who was rich, became poor so that in his poverty, we could become rich.
So, consider what happened when Jesus took on our sins, and we became the righteousness of God. He was wounded, pierced, crushed, so that we could find healing. He was cursed so that we could receive the blessing. He became poor so that we could become rich. If you’re not excited about becoming rich, then heaven might not be for you because, as the Bible says, even the streets in heaven are made of gold.
Now, let’s turn our focus to receiving divine healing today. Isaiah 53:5 teaches us that Jesus was wounded, pierced, beaten, and crushed on the cross, all for the purpose of providing healing through His wounds. There’s a profound reason why Isaiah describes in detail what happened on the cross.
In fact, if we read Isaiah 53, we find a vivid description of the anguish Christ endured on the cross. Why did the Holy Spirit inspire Isaiah to prophetically write about these events? Because there’s immense power in meditating on what Christ went through, and through this reflection, we find healing.
Let me share a story from the Old Testament. When the Israelites were in the wilderness, having just escaped from Egypt, they fell into their usual pattern of grumbling and murmuring. As a consequence, fiery serpents entered their camp and began biting them. In their distress, they approached Moses and implored him for help. The Lord instructed Moses to create a bronze serpent. Yes, a bronze serpent. The peculiar instruction was that anyone who looked upon this bronze serpent would be healed.
Now, consider this: the bronze serpent doesn’t seem like an obvious choice. If it were a different symbol, it might make more sense. Yet, it was precisely the same symbol as the serpents that were biting them. Those in need had to gaze upon the bronze serpent for healing.
In John 3, when Jesus spoke to Nicodemus, He made a significant reference to the bronze serpent in the wilderness. He likened Himself to that bronze serpent that Moses had lifted up. Just as the bronze serpent brought healing to those who looked upon it, Jesus, who knew no sin, became sin for us on the cross. He became the ultimate symbol of healing. So, when we focus on the cross and what Jesus went through, we find our own healing.
Now, consider this scenario: Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night, stumbled in the darkness, and accidentally hit your little toe against the edge of your bed? It’s a memorable experience, isn’t it? Suddenly, your entire consciousness is fixated on that pain, even though you might not have paid much attention to your little toe before. Pain has the incredible power to bring something into the spotlight of your awareness.
Now, imagine those fiery serpents entering the Israelites tents, biting them. The divine instruction was not to dwell on the pain and the bites but to shift their consciousness onto the bronze serpent. How do you do that?
Precisely, the divine instruction was for those who had already been bitten; the pain had already struck. The key was to shift your focus from the pain to the bronze serpent. Your entire consciousness might be consumed by the pain, and you might be walking in discomfort, but the instruction was clear: “If you see the bronze serpent, you shall be healed.” There’s something profoundly transformative about redirecting your consciousness from the pain and placing it upon the fact that Jesus bore that pain for you. It’s in that shift of consciousness that healing begins to manifest.
This is why Isaiah emphasizes that Jesus was beaten, bruised, and crushed, and in His wounds, we find healing. When your little toe is injured, if you can shift your consciousness to the fact that Jesus endured much greater pain on the cross—His hands and feet pierced, His side pierced, and His body crushed—it triggers a process within your body that facilitates healing. Why? Because you’re essentially declaring that whatever pain you’re experiencing has already been taken care of on the cross. It’s completely illegal for it to persist in your body.
Have you ever heard of the term “double jeopardy”? In the legal context, it means that if someone has already been condemned for a criminal act, they cannot be condemned for the same act again. For example, if Jeremy was convicted of a crime and sentenced to five years in jail, he can’t be punished again for that same offense because he has already been penalized. Similarly, the consequences of sin that we once had to bear, we no longer need to endure because Christ has taken them upon Himself. It’s like double jeopardy. So, every time you meditate on the cross and what Jesus has done, you’re essentially declaring that sickness, for instance, is illegal because Jesus has already paid the price on our behalf. This has already happened.
Let me share a testimony from last week. Betty experienced intense back pain during the night. She began meditating on how Jesus was whipped, how each lash with those thorny and spiked whips tore at His flesh. Despite her pain, she focused on the scripture, “By His stripes, we are healed.” She meditated on how Jesus endured those whippings every single time. Remarkably, she shared that the pain vanished immediately in the morning. There’s something remarkable about shifting your consciousness from “I am a sinner” or “I am going through this” to the truth of what Jesus has accomplished for us.
When you’re dealing with sickness or pain, shifting your consciousness away from your affliction and focusing on Jesus and His suffering—the same pain, the same ordeal—can trigger your body’s restoration and healing.
Let me share something profound. The scripture says, “By His wounds, we are healed.” Some translations also use the word “wholeness.” What’s the difference between healing and wholeness? Allow me to illustrate with a story:
Once, there were ten lepers who came to Jesus. Leprosy is a visible and unmistakable condition; you can’t hide it. Jesus healed them, and according to Jewish custom, a healed leper needed to show themselves to the priest, who would then grant them permission to return to their community. Without the priest’s approval, they couldn’t go back. So, Jesus instructed the ten lepers to go and show themselves to the priest. As they went, they were healed. Their leprosy vanished. However, one of them, upon realizing he was completely healed, didn’t proceed to the priest but returned to Jesus. He began worshiping Him. Jesus questioned why only one out of the ten had returned. Then, He declared that the one who returned had not only been healed but had also become whole. So, what’s the distinction between healing and wholeness?
Healing means that the specific ailment or condition is eradicated from your system. In the case of leprosy, it was gone. However, leprosy, while it was in their systems, had caused physical damage and robbed them of certain body parts. Wholeness, on the other hand, implies not only the removal of the disease but the restoration of all that was lost—complete well-being and restoration.
When people suffer from certain illnesses like leprosy, they can lose body parts such as their noses or fingertips. Even when these individuals are healed, they may still have missing body parts. Yes, they were healed; the illness left their systems. But only one among the ten lepers who were healed by Jesus experienced true restoration. All the body parts that had been lost during their sickness were fully restored. They were healed, but only one received wholeness. Wholeness means that not only are you healed, but you’re restored to a point where there’s no trace of sickness left within your body. That’s what wholeness is all about.
Isaiah 53:5 declares that in His wounds, we are not just healed, but we are brought back to a state of wholeness. Wholeness means that anything the sickness has taken from your body, anything it has robbed you of, is fully restored.
Wholeness is a state where it appears as if you never had the sickness in the first place. You might have to show people documents and proof to convince them that you once had the sickness because there’s no trace of it left in your body. That’s why Paul mentioned that the message of the cross might seem foolish to those who are perishing, but it is the very power of God unto salvation for those who are being saved. It’s the power of God, and it’s truly transformative.
Shifting your consciousness from pain to the awareness of Jesus is about bringing your focus and awareness to Him. Otherwise, let me put it this way: the easiest way to fall into depression is to become excessively self-aware. When you constantly dwell on what you lack or what’s wrong with you, it’s easy to become depressed because your focus is inward—on self, self, self.
Our gospel isn’t about identifying with our flesh; it’s about recognizing who we are in Christ. Your true identity is found in seeing Jesus. Without Jesus, we have no real understanding of who we are. To know yourself, see Jesus. Just as Jesus is in this world, so are we. Just as He is seated at the right hand of God, so are we in this world.
I want to share another simple way to receive healing, which may sound almost absurd. This method is through eating. Consider how Adam sinned: by eating. And how did Jesus redeem us? By eating.
John 6:53 – So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
John 6:55-56 – For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
Adam sinned by eating, which led to separation from God. But now, by partaking of the flesh of Jesus, we are reunited with God. Just as Adam sinned through eating, we are restored to God through eating.
Matthew 26:26-28 – Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
What did Jesus say? “This is my body.” I want to emphasize that when we partake of the bread, it is indeed the body of Jesus—not just a symbol. The bread is His body, and the drink is His blood. Jesus declared that by partaking in His flesh and blood, we receive life.
1 Corinthians 11:23-24 – For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
If you find it challenging to meditate on what Jesus has done on the cross, you can take communion. Why? Because when we take communion, we do it in remembrance of Jesus.
1 Corinthians 11:25 – In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
Here’s the key I want to emphasize: “Do this as often.” In fact, Acts 2:42 tells us that whenever the disciples met, they met daily, and every time they met, they had communion. Why did they do this? If it was just symbolic of the cross, why did they do it so frequently? It’s because communion is more than mere symbols and signs—it carries life. When you partake of the body and blood of Jesus, there is life. Actual life flows from this revelation.
Just as Adam sinned by eating, you can experience union by eating.
1 Corinthians 11:26-28 – For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
Now, there’s a common misunderstanding in the church regarding communion. While communion is indeed sacred and holy, it’s essential to clarify this phrase: “if you eat and drink in an unworthy manner.” This phrase doesn’t refer to your personal unworthiness; it’s about the manner in which you take communion. None of us are worthy in and of ourselves. It’s not about your unworthiness; it’s about the manner in which you partake. The verse then says to “examine yourself.” However, understand this: Jesus died for that very sin you’re examining yourself for. Your sin qualifies you to partake in communion.
Further, it says, “Let a person examine himself and eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body,” and here’s the key, my friends, “if you examine yourself but don’t discern the body, that’s how you partake unworthily.”
Now, what does it mean to discern the body? It means recognizing the body of Jesus on the cross, the body that was beaten, bruised, whipped, and crushed for us. If, while examining yourself, your consciousness doesn’t shift toward the finished work of Christ, then your participation becomes unworthy because you don’t grasp the significance of what you’re partaking in.
However, if you recognize your struggles, sins, or issues in life, but also discern the body that was wounded, beaten, crushed, and pierced for your sake, that’s worthy. You examine yourself to discern the body—this is the key. If you can do that, then all of us, including me, can partake in communion.
Another facet of discerning the body is understanding that the body also symbolizes the church. How did God create Eve? He put Adam into a deep sleep, took a rib from his side, and Eve emerged from him. Adam’s first words were, “Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh, you are mine. You shall be called a woman.”
Similarly, when Jesus was on the cross, after His death, a soldier pierced His side, and water and blood flowed out. Do you know why this happened? It mirrors how God created the church from His side. We are the body, amen. So as we discern the body of Jesus on the cross during communion, we also discern this body, the church. Despite our imperfections and issues with each other, we are the body of Jesus.
Discerning the body
1 John 4:20 – If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
So, just as you discern the body of Jesus that was beaten, whipped, and crushed, don’t forget that this is the body of Jesus. If there is any unforgiveness in your heart towards your brother, let it go. Why? Because this is the body of Jesus, and everything that has affected you, Jesus says, “Put it on my tab.” That person who has hurt you, put it on my tab. I have taken that burden upon myself on the cross. So let it go while discerning the body.
In First Corinthians, it’s essential to grasp the context behind why Paul discusses communion. There was a pressing issue within the church: some individuals were consuming all the communion elements, leaving others without a share. This is the problem Paul is addressing. He emphasizes that communion isn’t a time for indulgence; it’s not like a feast you attend just for the food. Instead, he urges the congregation to consider whether they have homes where they can eat and enjoy their meals, reserving the communion for a more solemn purpose.
Paul’s message is clear: when you partake in communion, do it in a worthy manner so that everyone has the opportunity to participate. As you partake, take a moment to examine yourself, understand the significance of the communal act, and recognize the profound sacrifice of Jesus. Remember that what you’re partaking in symbolizes His body.
Just as Adam sinned by eating, you can nourish your way to wholeness. I want to emphasize that communion is not merely symbolic; it holds significant power in our lives. If you are a family, consider taking communion daily, much like you set aside personal time with the Lord.
Doing so allows you to experience the life, healing, and wholeness that Jesus brings into your life. When you partake in communion, you are essentially saying, ‘Lord, I partake not because of my own righteousness or greatness, but because I place my confidence in what You have accomplished. It’s not about me; it’s about Your work.’