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September 8, 2023

A Corporate Loaf on the Table (1)

Luke 22:19 And He took a loaf and gave thanks, and He broke it and gave it to them, saying, This is My body which is being given for you; do this in remembrance of Me 1Cor 11:24 And having given thanks, He broke it and said, This is My body, which is given for you; this do unto the remembrance of Me.

[Part 1 of 2] In the foregoing message we pointed out that in Luke 22:7-20 we have both the Passover and the Lord's supper. In the Passover the main thing enjoyed by God's chosen people was the lamb. The meat of the lamb was for them to eat. But in the Lord's table the main item for us to enjoy as New Testament believers is not a lamb; the main item for our enjoyment is bread. This is very significant... When the Lord Jesus was offered to God for our redemption, He was offered not as bread but as a Lamb. However, the outcome is not the Lamb but bread. The Lamb was a single entity, but bread is something corporate. It is not possible for a single grain of wheat to form a loaf of bread. A loaf is a corporate entity, something composed and constituted of many grains. With the feast of the Passover there is not the concept of feasting on something that is corporate in nature. But with the Lord's table the symbols, especially the loaf, bear a very significant characteristic, and this characteristic is that of a corporate entity, a corporate body. It is very important that we realize this. The loaf in the Lord's table points to something that comes after the Lord's death; it signifies something that issues from the Lord in His resurrection. What is signified by the loaf is not something before the Lord's death, but something after His death and in His resurrection. Before His death, the Lord Jesus was a single, individual Lamb. But what issues out of His death in resurrection is a corporate entity. This entity is the loaf, the bread. which signifies a corporate body. (Continued tomorrow)

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Luke, p. 429-430. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: [email protected].

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