Words from the Heart for Sunday February 21st, 2021
…the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
1 Corinthians 11:23-24 (NIV)
A human skull has been reconstructed as police try to identify remains found on a beach in Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia on September 8, 2019. The skull was one of 15 from Canada that were reconstructed at the New York Academy of Arts Forensic Sculpture workshop. Students used clay to create facial reconstructions, which were photographed and posted on the Canada’s Missing website. Facial reconstruction is used to identify unknown missing persons after traditional identification methods, such as fingerprinting and DNA testing, fail to produce a result.
One of the greatest mysteries of the Christian faith is the incarnation of Jesus Christ – God became flesh and dwelt among us, as the first chapter of John’s gospel tells us. Ever since sin had entered into the human heart, God has come seeking for us. Sin has separated us from our Creator, leaving a huge hole in every heart. Sin leads to guilt and guilt to death. Every human being needs a Redeemer, one who can bear the punishment our sin deserves. This is where Jesus steps in – experiencing all the brokenness and pain of this world, facing temptation that we all face – fully human but without sin. At the same time, Jesus is fully God – another inexplicable mystery. All of this comes together in words of Jesus recorded by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:23-24: “…the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Jesus’ very human body was broken and crushed on the Cross so that we can be made whole.
These have been words from the heart.