“Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth” (Genesis 14:19).
Melchizedek was a high priest of God and God blessed Abraham through him. Melchizedek brought bread and wine to Abraham and blessed him.
The words ‘bread and wine’ repeatedly appear in the Scripture from the beginning to the end. In the Old Testament, it is prosperous to have ‘bread and wine’ in plenty. Even Isaac blessed his son with the abundance of grain and new wine (Genesis 27:28, 29).
In the New Testament, there is a beautiful meaning for this. ‘Bread’ and ‘wine’ denote the body and blood of Jesus respectively. Being the children of God, is it not a big blessing for us to have ‘body and blood’ available for us?
Lord Jesus Christ, on the same night in which He was betrayed, took the bread, broke it and said “Take and eat. This is my body broken for you.” That day the disciples received and ate the bread. Today, we do the same, taking part in the Holy Communion.
It mixes with our flesh. It turns us into people who have inherited the body and flesh of Christ. Similar to how the hunger is satiated by the bread, the Spiritual hunger is satiated by the body of Christ. In the same way, Jesus took the cup of wine, blessed it gave it to the disciples and said “Drink from it, all of you. For, this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
Today, we drink the same in the Holy Communion. It gives us new life. The wine clears the thirst of the body. The wine which is the blood of Christ washes our sins, cleanses them and makes us righteous.
Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink” (John 6:52-55).
Similar to how Melchizedek gave bread and wine to Abraham, God gives us His flesh and blood. Dear children of God, will you remember the sacrificial death of God with tears whenever you receive the bread and wine in the presence of God?
To meditate: “Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup” (I Corinthians 11:28).