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The Love of the Body of Christ
October 28, 2012, 2:16 am
Filed under: A Gospel According to Matthew

The love of the body of Christ is like a rainbow of many colors. Just as the rainbow has many colors and each from the same light so too the love of the body of Christ looks different by each member but each is an expression of the One life of the Spirit of Christ who lives within them.

If we were to take just the gospel of Matthew and look at how Jesus loved others it could give us a glimpse at how the body of Christ, living organically by Christ, loves others today. But this love is corporate and multifaceted, just like a perfectly formed diamond, each member expressing a beautiful facet of the life of Christ to one another, their family, friends, co-workers, and those they meet along the way. As you read these brief glimpses from the gospel of Matthew think of it as the body of Christ today living by His life, loving by faith in the various circumstances of life:

“Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John…he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him…led by the Spirit…he was hungry…Jesus answered him…he withdrew…Jesus began to preach…was walking beside the Sea…he saw…Jesus called them…teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people…Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man…he was amazed…Jesus came into Peter’s house…He touched her hand…he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick…he got into the boat…Jesus was sleeping…he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves…Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town…Jesus saw their faith…Jesus went on from there, he saw a man…Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him…Jesus got up and went with him…Jesus turned and saw her…Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house…he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up…he touched their eyes…Jesus warned them sternly… Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd…he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns…Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent…Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath…Jesus withdrew from that place…he healed all who were ill. He warned them not to tell others about him…Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see…Jesus was still talking to the crowd…Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake…he got into a boat and sat in it…he told them many things in parables…he left the crowd and went into the house…When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue…When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place…he had compassion on them and healed their sick…After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone…Jesus reached out his hand and caught him…Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon….Jesus did not answer a word…Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down…He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. They all ate and were satisfied…he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan…Jesus then left them and went away….he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees…From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life…Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment…Jesus was the first to speak…He called a little child, whom he placed among them…When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there…Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem…Jesus called them together and said…Jesus stopped and called them…Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him…The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them…he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night…Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry…while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him…Jesus spoke to them again in parables…Jesus had silenced the Sadducees…Jesus left the temple and was walking away…Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives…Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper…When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table…while they were eating, he said…While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples…Then he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them…When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives…he began to be sorrowful and troubled…Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed…They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor…Jesus stood before the governor…Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge…They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him…They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him…they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it…Jesus cried out in a loud voice…when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit…Suddenly Jesus met them…”

This love of the body of Christ can be seen in the other three gospels, the acts, and the letters of the New Testament. Christ is continuing to build His body here and now until His body is fully expressed, where He is seen as Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd, Teacher. May we live by Him, loving by faith as He leads us as our Head.


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