Superheroes and Outcasts

I want to greet you on this Lord’s Day in the name of our Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

God has called His people together again today that we may be as 1 Corinthians 12 describes, “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.”

As we gather in obedience to God’s command, we are also fighting against two great lies of the Devil. The first lie is that we are self-sufficient. Again Paul writes, “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you,’ nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable…”

The second lie is that we are insignificant. “If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body.”

As we gather today, we are confessing both our need for Christ as our head and our need for one another with all our various gifts and experiences. There are no superheroes here. As we come together in worship of our Triune God, we are confessing that in Christ we are His special possession; the objects of His sovereign love. There are no outcasts here.

“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” Let us suffer and rejoice as one indivisible body on this Lord’s Day as we look with patient hope and joyful trust in the God who holds it all together. AMEN!

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