Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
The implications are vast. Vast!
Christ ascended. But His body remains here. Christ’s body is not dead and buried. He arose! Hallelujah! His physical body remains alive at the right hand of Abba.
But there is this other body that remains on earth. A symbolic body? Yes. But more than mere symbol. We are the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. We are filled with his Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our guarantee, yes, but he guides us and reminds us of the words of Jesus.
More Than a Community
The body of Christ is at once a community and more than a community.
We are a community in the sense that we know each other. We meet. We commune and participate in services we label Communion in which we come together to remember Jesus’ sacrifice of his body and blood on the cross.
We are more than a community in that we serve one another. How do we serve each other? We esteem others greater than ourselves. We help each other. We pray for each other.
That sounds lovely and good. And it is when we practice those things.
We also bear each other’s burdens. We bear with each other – in love, even. We eagerly maintain unity. These are difficult things; things that fall into the category of impossible with men, with God all things are possible.
It is an awesome and amazing thing to be a member of the body of Christ!