June 30 Reflections

This week we are going to start by going back in history; all the way to the 2nd Century. There was a movement at that time known as Docetism, which taught that Jesus only appeared to be human, but really remained all divine while here on earth. This teaching was fought against by the early church which proclaimed clearly that Jesus was 100% divinity and 100% human. This is called in theology the incarnation where God became a human being…totally. A by-product of Docetism was that the human body was denigrated to “less than” status. What is important is the spirit of humankind, not the physical side. Again, traditional Christianity fought against this, though probably not a vigorously as the teaching on Jesus.
 
I believe Scriptures teach a much more holistic view of humankind. I believe each human being is made up of a physical body, a soul, a mind, emotions, and the need for relationships. Jesus taught this clearly when he summed up the commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart (emotions and will) and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength (physical). Also love your neighbor as yourself (relationships).” (Mark 12:30-31) All of these are interconnected with each other; when one is affected all the others are affected. They can be distinguished but not separated. For instance, if I am anxious emotionally, this affects my body, my mind, my relationships and my soul. The longing is for health in all aspect of our being; a wholeness that breathes life into every part of us. So, when Jesus asks the question of the paralytic in John 5, “Do you want to get well?” it is more than just a physical healing that he is talking about. It is a holistic healing: body, mind, soul, emotions and relationships. I know one thing: I do…I want to be well! I long for a wholeness in all parts of my being. Yes, Jesus, I want to be well. I want to be healthy spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally and in relationships. I think it all must begin in a relationship with Jesus. We are going to think about this on Sunday. Some possible passages of Scripture to read: John 5:1-15; Mark 12:28-34; Psalm 139:13-18; Genesis 1:26-31.
 
Grace upon Grace,
Pastor Verlyn
 
P.S. I will be on vacation the month of July. Please pray that this would be a time of reflection, renewal, rest and strengthening of relationships. I am looking forward to beginning a series of messages on the 10 Commandments beginning in August titled: “How to Live Free!”