So far we have seen that Jesus and we have been TAKEN and BLESSED, but then . . .
“Jesus BROKE the bread”
When you come to this table of thanksgiving, feed on Jesus. He is the Bread that was BROKEN for you:
Remember he had no brokenness in Him, no sin to call His own. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:21 that “For our sake [God] made him [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
- Isaiah said that He was “smitten by God, afflicted, wounded, crushed, that it was the will of the Lord to crush Him” Isaiah 53:4, 10
Just as wheat was crushed to make the bread and grapes were crushed to make the wine, Jesus was broken to deal with the very two forces that work against our giving thanks: Because Jesus was smitten, afflicted, wounded, crushed and crucified He has broken the penalty and power of sin in us! Because Jesus was broken, He is reconciling all things to Himself through the cross and making all things new!
Friends, there is coming a day when the two forces that work against our gratitude will be gone forever! There will be no more sin, no more sickness, no more sorrow because Jesus was broken for our brokenness and He will one day finish the job by breaking the neck of sin, death, hell, and the Adversary.
[This post is adapted from the sermon “Taken, Blessed, Broken, Shared”]