Church of Jesus EM

Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Christ Who Came In the Flesh

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Christ Who Came In the Flesh
(Ps68:19; He4:14-16)

God is merciful (Dt4:31).
He is merciful to the weak, and
Shows greater mercy to those who are merciful (Mt5:7).

Faith is longing for His mercy, and
The life of this faith is entrusting Him with all burdens regarding the flesh and thinking of those
who also suffer like oneself.

While the flesh is important to man because without it he cannot live,
It is because of the flesh that he has the burden of the need of food, clothing and shelter,
The concerns of illness, hardship and aging etc.
The improvement of human culture and civilization compensates the weakness of the flesh,
Designed to add convenience.
Yet one can never escape death and once dead none of it will matter.

Adam is a spiritual being with flesh (Ge2:7).
For the flesh he was to live on fruits while
For the spirit he was to live on the word of God (Ge1:17).
However, deceived by the serpent, he disobeyed the word and was banished from the Garden,
After which all men became destined to live with the burden of sin and the toils of life (Ge3:4-6, 24).

In spite of the fact that God promised Abraham how He would be the God of his descendants
Reminded through the sign of circumcision done to the flesh (Ge17:10),
After his descendants were delivered from their slavery in Egypt of 430 years
By the blood of the Passover lamb and saved from the Red Sea (Ex12:41)
Almost all of them died complaining about their environment in the desert which was
Still inferior to that of their slavery.
Furthermore, they suffered even more from the burden of the Law,
The regulations for the body (He9:10).

Nevertheless, through the atoning sacrifice given in the sanctuary
They received God’s mercy, from the mercy seat (Ex25:21; Lev4:27-31), and thus
They praised God their Savior who daily bears their burdens (Ps68:19).

Yeshua said, “Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days” (Jn2:19), because
Through the death and the resurrection of the temple of His body,
He would tear down the regulations for the body and
Reveal the truth of the resurrection of the spiritual body (Jn11:25, 14:6).

The suffering of the Son of God Yeshua because of the flesh began
From the time He was laid in a manger as a baby (Lk2:4-7):
A manger — escape — poverty — the devil’s temptation — mockery — exhaustion — arrest —
Flogging, piercing, crushed — death.
Yet He said to not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul (Mt10:28), and
To not worry about what to eat or what to wear for the flesh (Mt6:31-33).

As He died, He said, “It is finished” (Jn19:30), declaring that He:
1) Surpassed the limit of the suffering in the flesh by the Father’s mercy (Lk23:46; He5:7);
2) Condemned the devil who brought on suffering for all men (1Jn3:8); and
3) Bore the burden of all men who also suffer the same because of the flesh (Mt20:28; 1Pe1:24).

He rose and became the firstfruit of the resurrection of the spiritual body and
Sat on the heavenly mercy seat (Lk24:39; 1Co15:20, 23).

For He sympathizes with the weakness of men
He showed mercy by pouring out the Holy Spirit (He4:15-16; Ac2:17)
On to those who are waiting for Him to appear a second time (He9:28).

The man of the Spirit is he who
In order for a natural body to receive a spiritual body,
The lowly body to a glorious body (Rm8:23; 1Co15:44; Php3:11),
Carries in his body the death of Jesus, that is, the cross (2Co4:10),
By approaching the throne of His mercy daily (Mt26:41; He4:16)
He surpasses all things, not even knowing whether in the body or out of the body (1Co7:29-30), and
Thinks of those who are also suffering because of their bodies and shows mercy on them (He13:3).

O Lord,
If we did not have these bodies
We would not even need shelter, clothing, food, car, job or even family!
Yet, for such things we put a great effort while
We hesitate to live for the eternal body that we ought to be living for.
Lord, for our heart is willing but the flesh is weak so
Give us Your power to surpass! Amen.
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