Today, I ask, “Isn’t the church a person, too?”
Jesus prayed that we would become one in perfect unity, just as he and his Father are one with the Holy Spirit, three persons of God.
So isn’t the Lord’s plan for the church to be a fourth person?
Yet we could not be more divided, even in our own churches, let alone the larger rifts.
What if we view the church as a single person? What if we ask whether this person could die due to bad health or neglect? How would this song feel to us as a single body (of Christ)?
“There’s a peace I’ve come to know, though my heart and flesh may fail. There’s an anchor for my soul. I can say, ‘It is well!’
“Jesus has overcome and the grave is overwhelmed! The victory is won. He is risen from the dead!
“There’s a day that’s drawing near when this darkness breaks to light. And the shadows disappear and my faith shall be my eyes!
“I will rise when he calls my name. No more sorrow, no more pain! I will rise on eagles’ wings, before my God, fall on my knees;
“And rise, I will rise!”
Does the church need to die to itself in order to live eternally? It can do that the same way a sinner does, by confession, born again, realizing at last that Jesus overcame the grave to save us from our sins.
There is a day that’s drawing near when the darkness of our divisions will break to the light of our unified confession as a single, vulnerable body, as we find our single self in the presence of the risen Christ. The church as a body does not need to die. It needs to repent, and then rise.
On that day, the flow to Streamside will be unblocked.