WEEK 5: REVERE JESUS: AS YOUR LORD: Are you one with the body of Christ?
Day 29: Wed 14 Mar, 18
“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
Are you one with the body of Christ?
“Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body...”
1 Corinthians 10:16-17 NIV
Worship: One Bread One Body
Tell someone the Good News: “…we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Hebrews 10:10. Jesus’ body was broken so we can be one body – the body of Christ! “It is the cross of Christ that brings down all barriers, and unites us together in love, for His glory.” (Dr Jason Hubbard, Lamb’s Reformation, 2017, p. 3)
Paul warns us that disunity leaves us weak and vulnerable to judgment, “…when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. …The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me…’ Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then... For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.” 1 Corinthians 11:18, 23-24, 29-32
Revere Jesus by uniting with Jesus and each other so you can have victory over sin in your own body and in the body of Christ. Unite as local congregations, to be one church in your region and, as the body of Christ, have victory over the principalities and powers in in your region.
“…God has so composed the body, giving greater honour to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:24-27 NIV We are to build up “the body of Christ until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. …in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-13,15 As each serve one another, God is glorified. (1 Peter 4:11)
“And we are just one cell within the Body… only a small part of the whole. Cells are born and cells die, but the Body lives on forever.” “But that doesn’t mean community is easy. For everything in this world tries to pull us away from community, pushes us to choose ourselves over others, to choose independence over interdependence, to choose great things over small things, to choose going fast alone over going far together.” “Rather than separating ourselves from everyone we consider impure, maybe we are better off just beating our chests and praying that God would be merciful enough to save us from this present ugliness and to make our lives so beautiful that people cannot resist mercy.”
Shane Claiborne, Irresistible Revolution, 2016, pp. 114, 123, 242
Revere Jesus by fulfilling His prayer, “that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.’ John 17:22-23
“Following Jesus is simple, but not easy. Love until it hurts, and then love more.” “Love is a harsh and dreadful thing to ask of us, but it is the only answer.” (Claiborne, p. 124)
Follow Jesus as His Disciple
Be blessed as you look to Jesus as your Lord - as the Head of the body of Christ:
- To repent of how far short we fall of being a fluidly coordinated outworking of His likeness in our world. Confess our immaturity, sickness, division, and judgment.
- With friendships that draw you nearer to Him.
- To be thankful for the body of Christ as you receive communion. (Colossians 3:15 TPT)
(Based on Sylvia Gunter, 2008, p.187)
Pray All People Hear the Gospel
as Your House of Prayer for All. Whether we are school teachers, electricians, or I.T., postal or sanitation workers – may we all pray and be disciples who serve the people in our local areas and the Australian towns of Ravenshoe, Atherton, Tolga and Mareeba towns in Queensland where the Queen’s Baton is today; and the nations represented at the Commonwealth Games; and the unreached 56,000 Spanish speaking Buddhist Nikkei Latin American people in Japan.