We Are to Die with Them

28 Mar

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We may walk in shadows because we are too busy to see one another and the light of faith.

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it (1 Cor 12:27).

Isolation—that is one reason we feel so alone. Everyone seems to be so busy, so involved in so many personal duties and pursuits.

We are so accustomed to the busyness of isolation that we are numb to the suffering of others. No, not to our family and close friends—but how do we think about those other Christians, the ones being slaughtered by ISIS?

In his death and resurrection, our Lord Jesus Christ, calls us into an intimate communion with him and one another.

For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit (1 Cor: 12-13).

And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it (1 Cor 12:26).

In faith and love, we share their terror, pain and death. We pray for them as we would pray for ourselves.

We are all one Body—the Body that was nailed to the Cross, the Body that rose from the dead and ascended into heaven.

We all have been called to “one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Eph 4: 5-6).

 

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