The Body of Christ
This week we’re looking at another image of the church: the church as the body of Christ. Paul uses this language several places in his letters; most notably 1 Corinthians and Ephesians. There we learn some important things about who we are in Christ. We are his body of which he is the head. I love what Paul writes about a person’s instinctive relationship with his body.
For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. (Ephesians 5:29–30)
The question for you this morning is this: do you love your body…this body of Christ? You see, you can’t love Jesus without loving his body, not without hurting Jesus deeply. Can you imagine saying to your wife, “honey, I love you so much…just not your body.” Try it and see what that does to your relationship. And yet, its prevalent today… “body shaming.” Let’s not body-shame Jesus’ body. Love the church.
So, how do we do that? We work to build up the body…to full maturity, “to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”