“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
– Galatians 3:28
Perhaps the greatest thing about the cross is that it equalizes people. No matter which walk of life, class, or race, everyone needs a Savior because we have all missed the mark and fallen short of the glory of God. The miracle of Jesus coming to earth as a man is that He made the Lord’s fullness available to everyone, and we can access His presence without having to partake in rituals or ceremonies. He took the focus off of religion and put it on relationship.
First century Christians were experiencing a bit of a crisis of faith after the temple was destroyed in the year 70 A.D. Since they were so accustomed to going to a particular place to find God, make sacrifices, pray, and dwell with His Spirit, they felt lost. What they didn’t realize, however, was that in their conversion and baptism into Christ, a new temple was constructed in their souls. The Lord didn’t leave His children without a home, He built it within them. No longer was it only a perfect male priest that could go into the Holy of Holies once a year because he was from the right line and order, it was men, women, children and gentiles. There was no more Greek or Jew, slave or free, Scythian, Barbarian, or Roman — everyone was the same because of the cross and resurrection of Jesus!
Friend, you don’t have to travel to a holy mountain nor do you need to darken the door of a church to find the Lord because His Spirit is already within you. Because you are a disciple of Jesus, you are a moving temple that carries the life and presence of God around in your flesh, just like the tabernacle that accompanied Moses and the Israelites as they journeyed to the Promised Land. This is why it’s important to honor and love the body that you have; it doesn’t belong to you alone, but also to Him. He abides with you and wants to have a close and constant relationship as He feeds and blesses your mind, body, and spirit. Isn’t that a powerful thought?
I am overwhelmed to think that you dwell within me, Jesus. Help me to receive your fullness in my flesh and to walk in constant and abiding relationship with you.
How do you feel when you consider that you are a moving temple that carries the life and presence of God to the world? How does it speak to the importance of an ongoing connection with Him?
Jesus is there for people of all genders, orientations, races, and abilities.