We are human beings – Vicar’s weekly thought

We are human beings

Christianity, indeed many other religions too, have often had a very negative view of our bodies. It is true that our desires often push us this way and that – desires for food, for pleasure, for sex, for drink etc.. And so we have the eternal question of how we handle those desires, which has often led to this very negative view of ourselves. For Christians, this is strange given Jesus himself came as a human being, healed bodies, fed 5,000, loved a feast – although of course also suffered much as He lived for his Heavenly Father. And finally, his followers are people of the Resurrection! We will have new bodies that will be raised in glory!!1 St Paul actually writes, ‘Our bodies were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies.’2 (he’s writing at the time about resisting sexual immorality). Lent is just round the corner, when we’ll think about disciplining our bodies – we know we need that! And we know we’ll often ‘fail’! But God loves us as human beings! He made us, he knows. We all need a deeper trust that this is so, and to live our lives and handle our desires in the light of that truth. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty”3. As we often pray, ‘Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known…’ St Paul said,’ My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.’4 We need the One who knows our desires, loves us as human beings, and in whom we can be transformed as we live for Him.

11 Cor 15.43 21 Cor 6.13 3John 6.35  4Galatians 2.20