A question this gets put forth is why didn’t Jesus show how much he loved people by enduring in this world longer? Didn’t he just pack up his bags and go? He showed his love for a few years and then left? Is this a God of love? I thought about this for a moment and I understood the concern. We show love by how much we hang around. Love spells time, as they say. But, didn’t Jesus die, then? And that was that? But, then, I realized, that Jesus was human. I think he would not have died if he wasn’t punished. He was unable to die naturally. So, to answer the original question, Jesus could have hung around as it was. He could have stayed, I think. But Jesus had another destiny, to be human, to die in a human grave, and to be seen risen from the dead until he went back to heaven from where he came. I guess Jesus could have stayed longer here, but he was leaving the rest of his work to his disciples and he did not leave them. As, effectively what Jesus done when he died and rose from the dead (theologically speaking which I cannot explain here) is to give to his disciples and followers his presence and a promise that Jesus would be with them forever, if not physically on earth, but spiritually. Jesus was then with them through his Spirit–the Spirit which acknowledged that Jesus came in a body. They even felt Jesus with them when they went about spreading the Christian message, a task which Jesus gave them to do. So, after all this time, the true Christian message still goes out–and Jesus is with those who spread it–and this message can come with the presence of Jesus, to comfort, to help, and to heal. Christ did say there would be people pretending to be him, and that there would be false preachers and brothers, but there is only one true Christ, who did not leave his followers.
So, how can I sum up this thing called the flesh?
This way: Any sin committed (read: disobedience of God’s command) starts with a desire in the flesh (the flesh is like the insides of a gutted organism, darkened, and covered in iniquity–iniquitous desires, some latent, some buried, some alive, are those that cause one to sin a particular way and can come down through family) At this point, one can subdue the desire, by calling on Jesus for help–the advocate for people in need who is willing to help to those that call. Having his Spirit with us can help us then.
However, desires of the flesh may grow inside the flesh and as one gets along with the walk of life, certain actions, behaviors and thoughts can come from the desires of the flesh, until they give birth to a sin.
What has one done? Although one sins, God has given Jesus as an advocate for those who have believed in him. The sin can be forgiven, forgotten, and one can get on with Jesus in their lives, an ever present help in times of need. The ability to be saved from the flesh and the sin comes from the Lord Jesus’s salvation–when we put out faith and trust in him.
The desires of the flesh can deceive the host, the person in which lives the flesh. The flesh can go unnoticed. But God is good, as God can illuminate one’s condition, then seek God’s help for this condition inside everyone.
In my previous post I wrote about the flesh, I explained that the flesh is the vessel in which ‘lives’ that thing called sin. I likened sin to a worm in the flesh, where that worm can climatize if we let it. After I wrote that, I was thinking about the origins of the flesh. Here is what I think.Continue reading
Have you heard about the flesh? Or the sins of the flesh? It’s mentioned in the Bible and some churches still talk about it. Understanding what the flesh is came clear to me when I reviewed my review of Amadeus. I then realized that what was happening in Amadeus was a reflection of walking in the flesh or going down the pathway of the flesh. I saw that once one is walking in the flesh, it’s possible to stumble and fall into a sin (sin is a violation of God’s law).
In Amadeus, Salieri plotted and schemed murderously Mozart’s downfall. He was walking in the flesh and it gave birth to sin. When I thought about this some more, I saw in my mind’s eye, and this is just my personal impression, that the flesh was like a horrible looking organism. It looked like the darkened insides of a fleshly organism that had it guts taken out. Inside, was a squiggling worm. The image I saw was horrible. That worm was sin.
We can all walk in the flesh that leads to a sin. But if we decide we want to follow Jesus, we will keep on asking him to help overcome the desires of the flesh.
Jesus has overcome sin. What better one as a helper. In fact there is no one else who can help us overcome sins. In Amadeus, Salieri rejected Jesus. But Jesus was who he needed, to help him.
Some will say that the life of Jesus was made-up to console the disciples loss when Jesus died. Certainly not. A very heart-broken disciple would not write such a lengthy “myth” as they have called it, but the Bible texts show that the disciples rejoiced when Jesus overcame death. A relieved disciple, and a happy one, would be motivated to write about Jesus because he showed that he was alive by rising from the dead.
The reality of the texts about Jesus in the Bible is literal life over death, not regret and sorrow. Why would the disciples want to make it up? But most of the literature that passes through book stores today is tinged with a sense of lifelessness. But for many I have come across, Jesus is about rising up on the inside, life that touches the heart and stirs the heart on share something of his life.
What is his life?
When one believes in Jesus, one can receive from Jesus, in the way he decides. A Christian can be hopeful because Jesus rose from the dead, and so will have eternal life, and are given the enabling Spirit as a helper, to help overcome baser instincts that work against the good of one’s soul. Jesus is for weak and strong. He is for everyone. And can give to each one.
The disciples were told by Jesus to make more disciples and this has been going on since. Jesus can still be still involved in people’s lives today.