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December 16, 2013

The Body of Christ Given for You (Dec 2011)

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By Edward Fudge

Most of the time at our church home, we receive the eucharistic bread and cup from a brother and sister standing down front, who frequently call us by name as they say, “the body of Christ, given for you,” and “the blood of Christ, shed for you.” It is a holy moment, profoundly moving to all involved, and a joyful highlight of our time spent together. (For a responsive meditation and prayers deeply rooted in history and in Scripture, click here.) The body of Christ as a symbol in the story of our redemption is the theme in Hebrews 10:1-10, about which I make the following remarks, excerpted here from ebrews: Ancient Encouragement for Believers Today (Leafwood, 2009, page 166).

Throughout his human life, Jesus Christ fully embodied God’s will by doing everything God wished, wanted or desired. By doing this, Jesus wrapped up God’s will, as it were, in his human body. Then he gave that will-of-God-done as a gift or present to God, by offering that body on the cross–that very body in which he had done God’s will throughout life, the body in which he had fully wrapped up the fulfillment of all God’s wishes, the body in which Jesus had embodied the fulfillment of all God’s desires.

Jesus accomplished all of that for his people. For them he did the doing of God’s will, wishes or desires. For them he did the dying through which he offered that present to the Father. God was totally pleased with this present, this offering, which provided everything he had ever wanted human beings to do and to be. And by this will of God, which Jesus had perfectly embodied throughout his life, and had given to the Father as an embodied present in his death, “we” have been “sanctified” or made holy. No wonder our author has mentioned time and again, as he does here, that Jesus’ offering occurred only “once for all!” (See Hebrews 7:27; 9:12, 26, 18, and 10:10.)

We who have been made holy are all of Christ’s people, every person who finally will be saved, regardless of when they lived or what revelation they were given by God. We have been made holy to qualify us to bring sacrifices to God–offerings of praise (Heb. 13:15) and good works (Heb. 13:16).

Copyright 2011 by Edward Fudge. You are urged to reproduce, reprint or forward this gracEmail, but only in its entirety, without change and without financial profit.

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