The Importance of the Body and Blood.

“John 6:53-56 says “Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.” TAKE THE CUP! Psalms 116:12-13 says “What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.” When the cup of the Lord is given to you, you take the cup. Did Jesus take the cup in the Garden? Yes! He asked could it pass from him, what if he refused? Jesus takes the cup and says not my will, but the Fathers will be done. When we take the cup of the blood of Jesus we want to be in his will. Jesus at the last supper with his disciples said TAKE, eat, this is my body, and he did the same with the cup of blessing. The word “take” means to receive, accept. You cannot refuse the cup, you take it, examine yourself, and drink what is given. After supper Jesus begins to wash the feet of the disciples, it is here then that we understand that the Latin word for Mantle is Mantellum meaning “cloak” but that word is also connected to another Latin word Mantelum meaning “Hand towel”! This tells me that Jesus shifted the understanding of the mantle from the shoulder, to washing one another’s feet with a hand towel! If the mantle on you can’t serve and cleanse the path of those walking out the assignment, then you’ve forgotten what ministry is! It is from the intimacy of communion that we can truly have community. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 says “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.” We become a community in communion with the Father through the Son!”

-Anthony Booker

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