ReDiscovering Lent-April 9

April_99 April – Marcel Serubungo, World Relief Democratic Republic of Congo

1 Corinthians 12:12-18; 26-27

A part of the Body that doesn’t obey the command from the HEAD is paralyzed!

When Jesus was on earth, He ministered to people using His human body. After his death on the cross, He was resurrected and ascended into Heaven, to sit at the right of the Father. Even though He is no longer dwelling on Earth in a physical body, Jesus still ministers to people using another kind of body: the body of Christ, the Church.

The body of Christ is composed of people who believe in Jesus and have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. Jesus is the head and all believers are parts of his body. You and I are members of the body, parts of it. In the body of Christ, as it is for each human body, each part has a role to play.

Jesus is the head. The role of the Head is to think. From the head, each part of the body is commanded to do activities related to their roles. A part of a human body that doesn’t obey the commands of the head is sick, paralyzed, or dead. If we claim to be part of the body of Christ, the Church, we must obey the commands from the head, the leader, who is Jesus himself.

This body is made up by different people: rich and poor, yellow, black and white, Africans, Americans, Europeans, Asians, Pygmies, handicapped, educated and non-educated, sick and healthy, and so on. We have brothers and sisters around the world because we are all part of Christ’s body. The Bible tells us that when one part of the body suffers or rejoices, all parts will suffer or rejoice with it. We are all in this together and it is our responsibility to care for our Christian family.

In Isaiah 66:1-3, we find people who are in the body of Christ and who need other members of the body to intervene in their suffering. We must suffer with those who suffer and bring hope to the hopeless, just as Jesus would do if He were still physically present, in a human body, here on Earth.

Sometimes, we don’t hear what the head, Jesus, is asking us to do. Let’s be very attentive to the command that we receive from the Him. Let’s look around us and see the many vulnerable people looking for help from Jesus? Let’s hear what Jesus is asking us to do. Even now, He is speaking to you. He is commanding you to do something for the people around you.

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