What Else Was Broken?

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The words of institution say that this bread is the body of Christ, which is broken for you. But that is not the only thing that is broken. Scripture says, “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19, ESV).

When Christ was broken on the cross, the power of the devil was also broken. His claims were all shattered. His accusations fell impotent to the ground. The body of Christ was broken under the condemnation of sin, and the condemnation of sin was thereby broken.

This is the mystery of the cross. This is the power of the cross. It is not for nothing that we are told to proclaim the death of Jesus until He comes again, because the death of Jesus is the death of everything that needs to die and must die. The death of Jesus is the death of accusation, the death of condemnation, the death of finger-pointing, the death of recriminations, and the death of returning evil for evil. The death of Jesus is the death of death.

But in order for this to be made manifest in your life, what must happen? It is not enough for you to watch me lift the loaf and break it. It is not enough for you to be a spectator of these marvels. No, you are summoned to come. You are summoned to eat this broken bread. And this eating means that you are invited to partake in the death of all condemnation.

So come, and welcome, to Jesus Christ.

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