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Our World Belongs to God 35
We are members of Christ's body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is
a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:30-32).
Paragraphs 1-6: Preamble (April 11-29)
Paragraphs 7-12: Creation (April 30-May 8)
Paragraphs 13-17: Fall (May 11-15)
Paragraphs 18-22: Redemption (May 18-22)
Paragraphs 23-27: Jesus Christ (May 25-29)
Paragraphs 28-30: Holy Spirit (June 1-2, 5)
Paragraphs 31-33: Revelation (June 8-10)
Paragraphs 34-40: God's New People (June 11-19)
Paragraph 35 (Today)
The church is the fellowship of those
who confess Jesus as Lord.
She is the bride of Christ,
his chosen partner,
loved by Jesus and loving him:
delighting in his presence,
seeking him in prayer—
silent before the mystery of his love.
[For the confession, see Matthew 10:32-33; for the church as the bride of Christ, see Ephesians 2:6; 5:21-33; 1 John 3:11-17; 4:13-21; and Revelation 21:9.]
These beautiful words from Paragraph 35 are just what I need right now. "The bride of Christ, his chosen partner, loved by Jesus and loving him: delighting in his presence, seeking him in prayer—silent before the mystery of his love." Perhaps you do, too.
Are you anxious due to the pandemic?
Are you upset due to injustice in this world?
Are you thankful for God's provision?
Are you fearful for the future?
Are you just tired of it all?
Are you singing a song of joy today?
Whatever your state, let me simply encourage you to spend some time this weekend doing nothing but that—being silent before the mystery of Christ's love. Peggy shared a nice version of "Open Our Eyes, Lord" to bring you into the silence.
Well, today's the day when church's can open, sort of. So here's a church reopening plan which Marj shared. After viewing it, you will understand why we look forward to gathering online for worship on Sunday!
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).