We talk about an organization in terms of a body. The word “organization” has the root-word: “organ” referring to body parts. So, we are quite familiar with the metaphorical use of the word “body”. However, Christ’s body as a metaphorical reference represents more than an organization. It represents unification overcoming separation.
One way to summarize the human condition outside of Eden is our constant quest of trying to cope with the trauma of separation. We got kicked out of Eden for a reason, and it was devastating. Estranged from God and with ongoing frictions between humans, we have become accustomed to the fact that humanity is divided in itself and separated from God. Relationships are broken. We don’t know it any other way, and we can’t even remember how it used to be, when God and humanity were an item – still, believe it or not, that’s the natural way to be: God and humanity do belong together. God and humanity are supposed to be an item, just as much as body parts belong to one body.
The Trinity has had one sole mission in mind: to save humanity and restore their lost relationship. In pursuit of this mission, Jesus, a member of the Trinity, became human. He walked in our shoes, burdened Himself with our burdens, and died the worst possible way: a criminal’s death. After being executed by the Roman authorities of His day, Jesus’s body was put in a rich man’s grave. Leaving that grave three days later, He left us a legacy.
The damage done in Eden had been addressed and absorbed by Jesus’s willingness to take our punishment. And so His resurrection is meant to revive us and set us free. He died a sacrificial death and went through extraordinary pain to redeem a hopeless situation and resurrect a dead relationship between God and mankind.
And so the door to Eden reopened for us through Jesus; embracing this astounding truth we come full circle, back to the way how it used to be: happily reunited with our Creator. We belong to God; separated from Him we become lifeless limbs. Reconnected with Him we are alive and well, through the power of God’s love.
With new believers added to the family of God the body of Christ is growing and a shining testimony of God’s finest miracle.