Jesus is introduced here as the Christ. When Peter called him “the Christ, the son of the living God (Matthew 15:16-17),” Jesus was elated because he spoke by revelation that though he rubbed shoulders with him he still recognised him for who he is, able to peer beneath the veneer of his human form.
Paul said that he will no longer know anyone according to the flesh (2Corinthians 5:16). He said at first he identified Jesus according to the flesh but he would no longer commit such a blatant error. Seeing Jesus according to the flesh, Saul mounted a deadly onslaught against his disciples. But when he correctly perceived him, he became the one persecuted for the cause of Christ.
Jesus, based on the fleshly appraisal him, was nailed to the cross. But with the right spiritual understanding of who he is, we bow to him.
He healed the eyes of a man born blind (John 9), and after Jesus revealed himself to that man, he bowed in worship, recognizing his supernatural nature.
But the Pharisees who were hell bent on seeing themselves as the only one worth of respect, as the (false) custodians of spirituality, opposed Jesus. They were preoccupied with finding fault with him, blinded by their own pride and prejudice.
So when you find yourself fighting too much with a person maybe you do not have enough spiritual revelation of who they are or even who you are.
James and John, sons of Zebedee decided that they wanted to call fire from heaven on a village which did not welcome them (Luke 9:52-56). But Jesus warned them against it saying: do you not know of what spirit you are? You do not know who you are that is why you reacted the way you did.
If you know who you are then you will not be so angry all the time. You are who God says you are, you have the righteousness of Christ (2Corinthians 5:21), you are above only and not beneath, you are the head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:13), you are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). Recognising who you are and who others are is the key to peace within yourself and peace with them.
Paul said: as much as it is possible, you should be at peace with all men (Romans 12:18). That also means that sometimes being at peace with all men may not be possible because they do not know you and so may not relate properly with you. They will make war with you even without any provocation, fighting with an idea of you in their head and not the reality.
David wrote: they persecuted me without a cause (Psalm 69:4, 119:161). They persecuted Jesus, and those words of David were prophetically ascribed to Jesus. Jesus was persecuted without a cause, you also will be persecuted without a cause because Paul said those who will live godly in this world will be persecuted (2Timothy 3:12).
What did Jesus do to deserve the persecution to the death on the cross? Nothing. He was persecuted because of what they did not want him to do. They did not want him to make them irrelevant by the fiery words he preached, the new order he represents, and the miraculous he manifests.
When John the Baptist was preaching about righteousness, the religious hierarchy did not have any problem with him, but the political leaders jailed him and he was killed while in jail (Mark 6:16-29).
But Jesus stepped on the tail of the Pharisees and the high priest because he healed people on the Sabbath, raised the dead, performing various attention-grabbing miracles. They were empty of the supernatural, and they hated the one full of it.
Jesus healed the sick, obviously a sign of the presence and approval of God, as Nicodemus who was one of them testified (John 3:1-2). But they persecuted him because he was a risk to their image of themselves. It was all about them, their position and prestige; their life had nothing to do with God or what he wants. They were that far away from him.
The bible says that Jesus came for the rising and falling of many (Luke 2:34). And you are either for him or against him with eternal consequences. It is either we embrace his light or remain in darkness. It is either we receive his help or we remain helpless, it is either he lifts us up of we remain down.
Christ is the answer to all our needs. He has been package as the solution humanity needs. Paul said that we are complete in him who is the head of all principalities and powers (Ephesians 1:19-23, 2:6). He came to complete us, make us new.
Christ means the anointed One. That is his kingship designation; Jesus is his “Lamb of God (John 1:29)” designation. And in him we get to be kings (Revelation 5:10), reign in life through his righteousness (Romans 5:17-21). We get to reign over the devil, as in Jesus we are elevated far above principalities and power. We reign over sicknesses and diseases. We also reign over sin, and that is the biggest deal of all because it is the one who is free from sin that can be free from satanic rule and sickness (Isaiah 53:5).
John the apostle told Gaius that he prays for him that he prospers and be in health as his soul prospers (3John 2). So the prosperity of the body is linked to that of the soul, the more the mind is renewed the more the body is rejuvenated, the more the inner person is free from the hold of sin, the better for the whole man and his earthly experience.
After healing a man Jesus told him: go and sin no more lest something worse come upon you (John 5:14). And before he healed a paralysed man, he told him: your sins are forgiven you (Matthew 9:1-8). That is definitely a way to deal with the guilt the man carried which might hinder the power of God in his life. The burden of guilt does not allow us to receive from God. Adam and Eve hid from God because of that (Genesis 3).
So if we have not received forgiveness by faith we would not be able to receive healing by faith. Healing is not about if God wants to heal, because forgiveness of sin is not about if God wants to forgive you.
He has forgiven you in Christ (Ephesians 1:7). And receiving that and walking in it are key for all other blessings we will enjoy. Without experiencing peace with God, which forgiveness of sin gives, we would not experience peace in our body, in our mind.
Spiritual peace manifests in our body as health while it manifests in our minds in “worryless” living. And the emotional state has a way of negatively affecting the bodily state, as the bible says: a merry heart doeth good like a medicine while a broken spirit dries the bone (Proverbs 17:22).
- Study Notes for June 16: John 17:24-26 (disciplesforlife.wordpress.com)
- Morning Prayer 6.19.14, Thursday of Proper 6 (dailyoffice.org)