We are his body
And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. Ephesians 1:22-23
It might be challenging for normal minds to imagine that we are the body of Christ in deed. But this means a lot sense to those who are being renewed in their minds by the work of the Living Word through the written word.
We are indeed the body of Christ. All those who are born of the Spirit of the living God are actually members of the body of Christ.
I love this portion of scripture when Jesus called Saul of Tarsus before his conversion.
He said: « Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me ? » (Acts 9:4)
Paul was actually persecuting the Christians. He was arresting them and sending them in prison but Jesus did not say « why are persecuting my followers or my disciples ».
He said why are you persecuting me?
So close to Jesus
This shows how close every believer is to Jesus.
When I have pain in my body actually Jesus feels the pain too because I am a member of his body not in words only but in deed, in reality.
What a close association!
What a great truth!
What a magnificent statement!
What a powerful reality!
What a deep revelation!
What a strong link between him and us!
Think about it! When a small part of your body is upset like your eye or your stomach or your little toe, you can feel it straight away and you do something about it.
You are linked to your body by a strong link and when your body hurts, you are the one feeling the pain. Because you feel the pain you would do something about it in order to have relief.
When your body hurts somewhere you can say where about the pain is because you can feel it. You know if it’s your right leg or the left. You know exactly which part of your hair scratches.
When someone comes against a born again Christian, actually he comes again Jesus himself.
A responsibility but a joy
Being a member of the body of Christ carries also some responsibilities as we cannot do whatever we want with our bodies. Our bodies do not belong to us anymore but to Christ.
This statement may seem limiting our abilities or putting under pressure but because his yoke is easy and his burden light, we can enjoy being led by the spirit of God.
I find it easier to live for Christ than to live for myself.
Actually the real fulfilment of any human being is to live the life that God had intended for him or her in Christ.
As most of us love our bodies and take care of them, Christ too loves his body and takes care of it.
We are his body, he will take care of us and we will enjoy walking in harmony with the Head of the body: Christ himself.
A son of the Most High