body of Christ

January 26, 2009

I attended the Social Justice Conference this past weekend and what I have heard from that day has been running through my mind. Through the message given by the plenary speaker there was something that stood out to me as wow – I never knew – yet it was there all along. He spoke about us being the body of Christ. He first mentioned brokenness which is the marking of Jesus breaking the bread. After Jesus breaks the bread he shares it and gives it out so that we may be blessed. In the same way we are to be broken so that God can bless us and as well allow us to go out and bless others. This just reminded me of the theme of the school year, power in weakness. We need to become vulnerable, broken in order to receive God’s blessing and as well to be able to bless others around us.

One thing that hit home was that we are the body of Christ and Christ’s body was not in perfect condition. He had been hung on a cross and had holes in his hands and feet. he had many open wounds. If we are the body of Christ – then what are the open wounds of the body of Christ? Who are these people today? 

Let us seek to heal these wounds whether it be children, men, or women who are forced into slavery, prostitution, poverty or who suffer from AIDS or any of the injustices of the world. 

I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban. – Job 29:14

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you – Psalm 89:14

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One Response to “body of Christ”

  1. Matt said

    “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” Isaiah 58:6
    Just like our bodies need food, we need God (even more so). “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [justice], for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6) More than anything, we should desire God and his righteousness, which God says brings healing to our physical bodies (Prov 3:8) and the body of Christ. “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5:24) I love how it all fits together!

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