All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27 (New Living Translation)
What is the church?
The passage reads: “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (New International Version)
In order to start the message one must first ask what is the church?
To be able to answer that one must know what Christ has to say about the church here’s one of the first indications that Christ says about the church.
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30
Every now and then it is good to take a pause from whatever it is that we’re doing and look back, to see things in perspective. I am thankful that I was able to do just that this past week, and am specially more than thankful that Jeanie is now back in the Philippines, safe and a million times wiser. Lastly, I am thankful also of the Lord’s providence to my father as he had just celebrated his 80 years of his life here on earth yesterday.
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”
But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
I remember once having a dog-named Oddie, for the people who knew me he was virtually my best friend aside from my nephew Gato, of course.
Life is full of certainties. As Ecclesiastes 1:9 explains: “there is nothing new under the sun.”
Such a statement is true for most of us. Here are some things that I believe is certain: the first is change, as the all too familiar saying goes, ‘the only thing constant is change.’; the future, precisely because time is linear thus it only moves in one direction – forward; growing up and growing old, an exception to this process would make us abnormal; the inevitability and certainty of death, which for some of us it would either be sooner or later.
It is with the grasp of such certainties of life that the author of our passage wrote the Book of Ecclesiastes.