“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory — glory as of the only begotten from the Father …” John 1:14 (NASB)
In this season, I have been thinking a lot about the birth of Jesus. The manifestation of God on earth. The eternal Word being made flesh.
In the birth of Jesus, God Almighty came to dwell in a human body.
Then I fast forward the story in my mind to the part where Jesus paid the price for our sins in His body. Where His body was whipped and beaten and crucified to atone for our transgressions. It was Jesus’ earthly body that was abused, sacrificed and killed for us.
Then I fast forward to the part of the story when Jesus was resurrected. And I notice that His body — His dead body — disappeared (it was no longer in the tomb) … And Jesus appeared in a different, resurrected body.
Was the old body gone? Was it absorbed into the resurrected body? Was it fodder for His resurrected body, but just transformed? Maybe. I don’t know. (But I do know that Jesus showed Thomas the nail-holes that remained in the hands of His resurrected body.)
This is a mystery for another day. But here’s what it all tells me: that our bodies matter to God.
If Jesus is our example, His story shows us just how much our bodies matter to God. Jesus was God in a body; Jesus’ body bore the penalty for our sins; Jesus’ body was resurrected and transformed.
If Jesus is our example, His story shows us how much our earthly bodies can be used to redeem & transform lives and bring unimaginable glory to God. If Jesus is our example, then His story shows us how much our bodies are part of our stories … and that God longs to use them for His glory and purposes.