‘The Church’s One Foundation’ has been brought to mind a number of times in recent days. Particularly the words, “…From heaven He came and sought her to be His holy bride, With His own blood He bought her and for her life He died.”
Why was Jesus born? He was born to die. As Mary, his mother, and Joseph present Jesus as a young child in the temple in Jerusalem, Simeon, a Spirit-led senior speaks prophetically of the role Christ would serve in determining the destiny of people. Luke 2:34-35 records these words – “Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: ‘This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” You can only imagine the perplexity raised in the mind of Mary from those words.
In Ephesians 5:22-33, Paul in applying the gospel to married couples, describes the relationship between Jesus Christ and His church. Consider the following truths –
1) Christ is the head of the church. He was born to lead. The only One qualified to give ultimate direction to the church resides in heaven. Groups speak of headquarters and refer to some geographical location on earth. Our head directs His body from His throne. He came from heaven and now He reigns from that same locale.
2) Christ is the Saviour of the church. He was named ‘Jesus’ at birth. Mary and Joseph had the name revealed to them because the baby to be born was born to save. Jesus, the Greek equivalent of Joshua, reflects His ultimate destiny. Through His death His body, the church, has life.
3) Christ is the Lover of the church. Many profess love for the church and some have abandoned such love, but not Christ. Read Revelation 2 and 3 and you’ll discover Christ standing in the midst of the local churches of Asia Minor, though they are not what they should be.
4) Christ is the Cleanser of the church. He died and through His death and by His word He cleanses the church from every evidence of defilement. A great wedding banquet is coming and this bride, the church of Jesus Christ, will appear as radiant, stainless, wrinkle free, holy and blameless. She will be stunning as she will be dressed in the righteousness that her Righteous husband, Jesus Christ, has provided for her.
5) Christ is the Nourisher of the church. He feeds and cares for her. He is her great Provider and all she truly needs is found in Him.
I never thought The Church’s One Foundation should be sung at Christmas, but then again, why not? “From heaven HE CAME and sought her…” We celebrate HIS coming, the One who loved us and died for us.