His life as your life


Jesus said, ‘Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you have no life in you.’ He’s talking about our embracing His incarnation as the difference between spirit and life and mere religion.

It’s curious that we can claim to be of the Body of Christ with almost no participation in the incarnation. This is likely to be so when have retained ourselves in the separation of the law and old covenant and even more so when our religion is based on eating the law, religion and supping on ‘righteous’ behaviours as the substance of life.

We are what we eat and what we drink as Augustine observed, saying, ‘ We must feed the body of Christ to the people until they know they are what they eat.’ Sadly what many are eating is the law or religion or some smorgasbord of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It will be obvious that we are not eating the bread of life – observed because some of us are captured in a rabid judgmentalism and others in an absence of spirit and life. This results is church boards whose sole purpose is to promote the continuance of the institution. In good and regular standing they may be but their eyes are so dull that they cannot see that their house of worship is without spirit and life.

Richard Rohr observes that, “Jesus did not say, “This is my spirit, given for you,” or even “These are my thoughts.” Instead, he very daringly said, “This is my body,” which seems like an overly physical and risky way for a spiritual teacher, a God-man, to speak. Indeed, Jesus’s raw proclamation did shock its first hearers. As John reports, “Many left him and stopped going with him” (John 6:66). Incarnation is always somehow a scandal, “too much” for us to deal with!” (1) But it is the only way to be ignited with spirit and life.

Here denoted is the indwelling of a real person, of the real trinity. Not belief in a concept or the ticking of a doctrinal box. The real person of Jesus incarnated in you is the testimony that we are really are the sons and daughters of God because He has made Himself part of our body. It’s not something we have earned of deserved. Incarnation is the result of the cross and the ministry of the Spirit. It is Christ in you.

(1) Rohr, Richard. The Universal Christ (p. 130). SPCK. Kindle Edition.