“The body is … for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.” 1 Corinthians 6:13b
Have you ever thought about what it means to be an embodied soul? Have you ever wondered why we are embodied souls? That we are each more than our physical bodies … and yet we are more than our spiritual souls. We are both-and; physical and spiritual. Have you ever wondered why?
Why did God create us as embodied souls?
And if you believe Scripture, then you know that we will also be embodied souls in the afterlife. Have you ever wondered why?
Jesus was also an embodied soul. He was the embodiment of God Himself. And Jesus” body paid the price for our redemption.
Not only that, but most of Jesus’ earthly ministry was attending to others’ physical bodies: healing bodies from pain, illness & disease; feeding the hungry and giving water to the thirsty; clothing the naked & freeing people from the chains of prison or paralysis. Jesus spent an inordinate amount of time tending to people’s bodies.
Today’s society suffers from an exorbitant amount of illness. We all know that we live in the biggest health care crisis ever. If we are honest … honest with ourselves and each other … then we will also admit that most of our illness stems from a lack of bodily movement (aka exercise) and poor food quality and nutrition. We are sick because we don’t move enough or eat well. We are sick because we aren’t caring well for our physical bodies.
I cannot day for sure why God made us embodied souls. But I know that He did, and I know that God does things with purpose. I also know that Scripture is full of stories about Jesus demonstrating great care for the human body.
Shouldn’t we too demonstrate great care for the human body, starting with our own and with the bodies of those we love?