As we partake of holy communion, the loaf of bread is blessed and broken, symbolizing Christ’s body being broken on the cross. He was broken and died that we may have life. Christ asks us to remember the sacrifice He made, but He wants us to do more than just remember it. He wants us to share in it.
When we think of being called the body of Christ, we automatically envision that we are to be His hands and feet, performing His miracles and ministering to the lost. While this is true, we must remember what else happened to His Body. It is no coincidence that we are called the Body of Christ and that He symbolized His Body with a loaf of bread at the Last Supper.
What is a single grain of wheat worth? By itself, it can feed no one. If it is ground under the pressure of the millstone and mixed with other ground grains, however, it can be baked into a loaf of bread and can provide nourishment for those who receive it. The grinding of the millstone is the purification process that God works in us through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. He uses our trials and tests to provide the pressure necessary to change us and make us into a material that He can work with.
Once we have been through the grinding pressure of trials, He mixes us with the perfect blend of other grains who have been similarly ground, transforming us into the body of Christ, which is the bread of life. Yet, even then, our suffering with Christ is not over. Were we left whole, we could only feed a small boy. In Christ’s hands, we can be broken to feed the multitudes.
He broke His own body and poured out His own blood for us while we were still wallowing in the mire of our sins. While we despised and rejected Him, He called out to the Father to forgive us for we truly did not know what we were doing. In like kind, He expects us to share in His suffering by laying down our lives that others may be saved through the glorification of His gospel of life! Lord, help us remember the cross and help our weakness! Help us to be faithful as You are faithful. Amen.