During the Passover service, breaking of unleavened bread is a time to reflect on the great sacrifice of our Creator. This symbol of Jesusâ broken body has a specific purpose, separate from that of the wine symbol. It is through the broken body of Jesus Christ that we can be healed of our physical sins.
The apostle Paul wrote, âAll have sinned, and come short of the glory of Godâ (Rom. 3:23). Chapter 6, verse 23 states, âThe wages of sin is death.â The wages of physical sin include sickness and disease. Violating physical laws can result in illness, even death.
How is one released from the penalty of physical
While most traditional Christians never fully understand Christâs sacrifice is for our spiritual sinsâand what it meansâthey do generally know Christ died for us (Col. 1:13-16; Eph. 3:9). His shed blood paid the penalty for broken spiritual laws.
However, most are unaware that there is physical
sinânever mind that it needs to be forgiven.
Matthew 9, Mark 2 and Luke 5 all contain parallel accounts of Christ healing âa man sick of the palsy, lying on a bedâ (Matt. 9:2). Continuing in Luke, this account states, âAnd when He saw their faith, He said unto him, Man, your sins are forgiven youâ (Luke 5:20).
Consider what these accounts are saying. Telling someone he is healed (âRise up and walkâ) and forgiving his sin (âYour sins be forgiven youâ) are equivalent.
Jesus Christ willingly paid the penalty for every physical mistake human beings will make. Every condition, pain, suffering, disease, illness, injury, infirmityâand even death itselfâis covered within Christâs promise.
Chapters 52 and 53 of Isaiah record an astonishing prophecy describing Christâs suffering prior to His crucifixion on the stake. Examining the prophecy reveals the event at which Christ bore our infirmities and sicknesses. The description concludes with the following picture of the fulfillment of His role: âSurely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healedâ (53:4-5).
A New Testament passage summarizes the above account. I Peter 2:22-24 speaks of Christ, âWho did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouthâŠwho His own self bore our sinsâŠby whose stripes you were healed.â
Pause for a moment. Reflect on what Jesus was willing to endure on behalf of those who need Godâs marvelous healing powerâsuch a horrific beating so that human beings could be restored back to perfect health, so we can âprosper and be in healthâ (III John 2)âand enjoy the âabundantâ life (John 10:10).
I Corinthians 5:7 states, âChrist our passover is sacrificed for us.â
Each year, on the night of the Passover, Christians are commanded to assemble for a solemn memorial service, which looks back at Christâs suffering and crucifixion. The service is unlike any other occasion in the year.
Paul explains the symbols of the Passover service and summarizes all we have covered: âAnd when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, Take, eat: This is My body, which is broken for you: This do in remembrance of Me.
âAfter the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in My blood: This do you, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.
âFor as often as you eat this bread, and [two separate symbols] drink this cup, you do show the Lordâs death till He come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup [both] of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood [both] of the Lord.
âBut let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eats and drinks unworthily, eats and drinks damnation [judgment] to himself, not discerning the Lordâs body.
âFor this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep [have died]â (I Cor. 11:23-30).
As we approach Passover, remember that God wants us to understand the forgiveness of all sinsâboth physical and spiritual.