Immanuel: Jesus Christ Is Here!
Posted by Job on September 25, 2009
I was having something of a difficult time this morning. Fatigue, stress, uncertainty, fear, finances and so forth. Plus the world that we live in is in such turmoil. Right now, my hometown is experiencing flooding that has killed several people and left many more without homes, and still more rainfall is on the way. (Ironically, this region recently emerged from a historic drought.) There is also a massive violent crime wave in this city and nation that not only refuses to spare children – even babies – but actually seems to be targeting them. Also, the evil one and his agents keep attempting to buffet my mind to provoke irrational feelings of hate, anger, and resentment against people, feelings that had no cause, justification or basis whatsoever and were thoroughly sinful. Keeping my mind holy and pure this morning, even simple choices such as resisting the fast food breakfast despite knowing that I am A) on a budget, B) on a diet and C) fast food frequently makes me physically ill, was a battle.
And then I began thinking of Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior of all who believe in Him and abide in Him by keeping His commandments! I remembered that I am part of the church, which is the Body of Jesus Christ. The Bible declares the church as the Body of Christ to be a fact (1 Corinthians 12:27, Ephesians 3:6, Ephesians 5:23, Romans 12:5). This is not something that the Bible only declares to be true in a mystical, magical, typological or a metaphorical/ allegorical manner, but declares it to be true in the same way that creation, the flood, the exodus, the exile, the incarnation, death on the cross, resurrection, ascension, and the second coming are declared to be true.
Then my thoughts switched to anthropology: what is a person? According to the Bible, a living person is considered to be the union of a body and a spirit (Genesis 2:7, Ecclesiastes 3:19-21). Again, the church is the Body of Christ, and is unquestionably alive now and forevermore just as Jesus Christ is the same. And the Body of Christ is united with the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of this same Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9, 1 Peter 2:5, John 14:16-17, 1 Corinthians 3:16). So if the church is the Body of Christ and it is indwelt by the Spirit of Christ and has as its head Jesus Christ (this same Head which will literally physically bodily return one day and judge the quick and the dead Acts 1:11, Revelation 19-20) then most surely and truly God is with the church while we yet remain on the earth! Emmanuel: God with us (Matthew 1:23)!
God will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), He will never leave lacking strength or reassurance (John 14:17-19) and in our times of sorrow, trial and tribulation He will never give us more than what we can bear, but will instead give us a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13). Even when we sin, our Lord Jesus Christ does not abandon us, but forgives us if we confess our sins and turn away from them (1 John 1:9), and He does not do this haphazardly, arbitrarily or capriciously but justly and faithfully.
What a mighty God we serve. What a mighty God we love. What a mighty God we know. And what a mighty God is with us. Praise be to God! Glory be to God! And thanks be to God!
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