I Corinthians 1:23-24
Have you ever read John 1:14 from the Amplified Bible? If not I want to share some of it with you. "And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacle - fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile among us and we (actually) saw His glory - His honor, His majesty; such glory as an only begotten Son receives from His Father, full of grace (favor, loving kindness) and truth." The translators did a masterful job in dichotomizing this particular verse they did their best to get the reader to comprehend the humanity of Jesus.
Humanity must be understood from the standpoint of conception and human parentage. This is what we humans recognize as the way human personage begins. Therefore God, Yaweh, Jehovah, Elohim, Adonai, sanctioned the human beginning by allowing Jesus to be conceived in the human womb of Mary by the Holy Ghost.
It is important to keep in mind that Jesus actually possessed a human body and all the attributes of humanity with one exception; he was without sin...For humanities sake it was essential that Christ possess both human and divine natures. In order for Christ to be the mediator between God and humans, He had to be human and in touch with real life experiences, that is, pain, infirmities, frustrations, disappointments and sorrow...Yes, Jesus was in touch with
reality. Because of His humanity He could suffer and experience agony. He knew what it was to be hungry, to be thirsty and to be tired. Jesus also experienced the emotions of love and compassion. Be it know that He experienced grief. He wept over the death of Lazarus.
The death of Christ was the (real) purpose for His coming in the flesh. "For this in My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sin." Matthew 26:28 NRSV
Lest I Forget! The death of Christ had special significance in that He was not beheaded or stoned to death, but crucified, which history tells us is the cruelest form of Roman punishment.
Lest I Forget! They hung Him high; they stretched Him wide; He dropped His head and He died.
Lest I Forget! The blood of Jesus opened the door of Heaven.
How would you feel if your birthday was forgotten? What if your spouse forgot about your wedding anniversary? Suppose all the significant events in your life were totally ignored? What would you do? I don't think any of us would handle it very well if we were forgotten on our special occasions. We would probably have some pretty intense emotional moments. Therefore, we should never forget the real reason for Communion. It is our way of saying that we have accepted the Blood Shed of Christ in a real and personal way. LEST I FORGET!
excerpt from the book "By the Foolishness of Preaching" by the Reverend Dr. Grace Ruth Batten, DD