GodReflection: God Shares His Secret—We are Body
“This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19) “. . . for we are members of his body”. (Ephesians 5:30)
Jesus, on the eve of his crucifixion spoke of his body gift for the disciples. I doubt that any of them had a clue at that point what he meant.
I wonder who the first person was to use the body analogy? The apostle Paul was the first to express it in written form but I wonder if he heard it from fellow apostles or from Jesus himself? Perhaps, it was a Spirit inspired idea given directly to him.
Doctor Luke, as he summarizes Jesus post resurrection activity cites from his eyewitness research: He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)
I am curious how much Jesus told them as he spoke about the kingdom of God? Did he tell them about his plans for his church that would cover the face of the earth? Did he tell them that his body would remain on the planet in the form of his church?
It was a secret held by the Holy for thousands upon thousands of years.
The revelation came shortly after the ascension. The Godhead announced the body secret with the prelude of a loud roaring wind sound and with flames aglow above the head of each disciple as a visual aid.
Before it was all over three thousand men and women repented of their sin, identified with the Son of God, and submitted their lives to Jesus through the death, burial and resurrection in baptismal waters.
And . . . Viola! The church appeared. It was them and they were it.
Twenty-plus years later—for the first time in Scripture—the apostle Paul uses the analogy of the body as a visual for this ever-expanding assembly.
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. (Romans 12:4-6)
Yes, to be clear he wants all of us who make up the church to understand, you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27)
And, our corporate body has only one head the risen Christ who is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. (Colossians 1:18)
I don’t know if Paul was the first to share the secret that the church—you and I—are the body of Christ. However, I have to believe it is a shear genius idea from the Holy.
Here is what I think:
It doesn’t matter if I am a big toe or a little pinkie. I am body. I am to function as designed. It is not my role to judge you or your function. I am a vital part of the whole just as you are a vital part of the whole. I united with you and you are united with me because we both belong to Jesus.
The body operates with cleansing blood. When any member of the body aches, I feel the pain. At any given time, a portion of the body hurts and so do other members. Through Jesus the body is always in the process of healing.
The big toe and little pinkie are united by the Holy Spirit. When one pumps Jesus-blood it flows from a healthy member toward another member. Together we are a work of art. Together we grow in wisdom and understanding. Together we grow toward immortality.
The headline for all to read is that the secret body functions as one unit because Jesus is the head. Whatever function I may have I am not the head. Only the Christ functions in that role.
The head too is part of the body. My role is to seek to know what the head is thinking and march in unity with those thoughts.
Fortunately, the Gospels show me his thought process.
I want to tune in as a body member. The head thinks forgiveness. The head generates love. The head serves and wants me to follow in his steps.
The head values peace. As the big toe or little pinkie, I’m not to be jealous because your function is the smile or the beautiful eyes. We are both holy because Christ leads.
The former body of Jesus was broken for me. With him as my head and my example, I am willingly broken for others. With him as the head we are to function out of a spirit of thanksgiving.
And just think, His invitation remains open to join His secret body.
Yep, I have to believe it is a shear genius secret direct from the Holy.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on The Secret Body