John 6:51-58 (6)


The Body of Christ
Reading: John 6:51-58 (6)
Additional Reading: John 6:56-69

(3) If we believe in Jesus, we become the body of Jesus Christ.
That means, we can become an expression of Jesus Christ.
That means, we can carry out God’s mission in Jesus’ name.
That means, we may do these activities in the power of the Holy Spirit.

(1) They are leitourgia, kerygma, didache, koinonia, and diakonia.
It sounds like Greek.
And it is Greek.
We see these action words in the Bible.
We are called to do these as the body of Jesus.

It means worship, proclamation, teaching, fellowship, and service.
Let’s think about them together.

First, Leitourgia.
It means worship:

(3) Jesus said: (John 4:19-24)
God is spirit.
So his worshipers must worship God in the Spirit and in truth.

That means, the Holy Spirit has to help us to worship God.
And if we want to truly worship God, we need to understand the truth that Jesus taught through his words.
These miracles have to happen if we want to truly worship God.

God desires that people worship God in the Spirit and in truth.
So we pray that the Holy Spirit may help us to worship and the truth of Jesus may be revealed in our worship.

(3) So in our worship, we also participate in the Lord’s Supper as the truth of Jesus has to be revealed.
In this way we remember Jesus the Christ who died for us and saved us.
In this way, we welcome Jesus into our hearts.
In this way, we proclaim that the world needs Jesus.

God deserves our worship.
We worship God because God is good and kind and merciful.
God makes us spiritually healthy.
God empowers us to live.
God heals us.
God restores us.
Through Jesus the Christ, God saves us from our sins.

So we praise God who comes into our lives and make our lives fruitful.
We praise God who leads us to serve God’s world.
We sing songs to God.

We also worship Jesus, because Jesus is God.
We also worship Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit is God.

As the body of Christ, we worship God like this.
We try to worship God whether we are alone or together.
We try to worship God anywhere and anytime.

(2) Kerygma.
It means proclamation.

As the body of Christ, we proclaim that Jesus is our Lord and our Saviour.
We want to proclaim who Jesus is in the power of the Holy Spirit.

In order to proclaim in the right way, we study and learn about Jesus.
We study to understand who Jesus is.
We talk about the story of Jesus.
We try to get our theology right.
We try to understand who is Jesus so that we may believe him in the right way.
It is important to understand Jesus in the right way.
Then we can proclaim him in the right way.
Then we can proclaim who Jesus is and what Jesus wants to do on earth.

Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus is helping us to understand his idea, his dream and his vision.
If we understand, we may proclaim his vision in the world.
If we understand, we may proclaim his dream, so that people may learn of his dream and join in.
So Jesus asks us to speak for him and proclaim his truth.

(3) We also remember that Jesus died speaking up the truth.
That means, as the body of Jesus, we may also live or die for the truth.
But either way, Jesus is with us and will be with us forever no matter what.
That means, in Jesus Christ, we have eternal life.

(3) Didache.
It means teaching.
In order to help people proclaim, we need to teach them.

Sometimes, we need to explain the truth and the wisdom of Jesus. (Eph 3:10)
We need to explain why Jesus has done what he has done.
That means, sometimes, we need to teach the meaning of his life.
We need to teach so that people may understand what Jesus is all about.
We need to teach so that people may understand why Jesus is the fulfilment of God’s hope.
Why did God raise Jesus from the dead?
Why did God make Jesus the most important person in the world?
Why is God uniting all people under his name? (Eph. 1:10)

In order to help people understand this, we may need to give people a chance to meditate on this and discuss about this.
So we may need to provide small group Bible study.
And we may need to encourages people to read and pray with the story of Jesus.
Then they may understand who Jesus really is.

(4) Koinonia.
It means fellowship.
But Koinonia means more than having a fellowship event.
It is about sharing life.

God has the divine koinonia.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit love each other and have the bond of perfect unity.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit has the perfect koinonia.
We are trying to learn from Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) how to live like that.

(3-4) In the book of Acts 2:42-47, we read an example of how early Christians shared their lives with each other and lived out this koinonia.

Let’s read together:
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.
All the believers were together and had everything in common.
They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.
They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.
And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

This is how they have koinonia.
This is how they had spiritual fellowship sharing their possessions.

We may be not called to live exactly like that.
But we are called to share our lives.
We are called to live with God's people, have Christian fellowship, pray for one another, take care of each other, and proclaim Jesus together.
In this way, we live as the body of Jesus.

(5) Diakonia.
It means service.
The word, Deacon came out of this word: Diakonia.

When we say that we are the body of Jesus, it means that we are his hands, feet and so on.
That means, we are called to do his works on earth.
That means, we are called to serve others.
The body of Jesus, the church does not exist for itself.
She exists for service.

So, we try to find something that we can do for others.
We cannot do everything.
But we can do something.

What can we do?
(3) In order to do know this, we may need to check what our heart tells us:
We need to check what we can do:
We need to check what we love to do:
We need to think about how God wants to use us.

If we still don’t know, we may watch how other people serve God.
We may watch how God uses them.
We may read about how other people was able to serve God and people.
Then we pray about it before God.
Then we may realize how we may use what we have for Jesus.
Then through us, people may see how Jesus is still alive and still with us.

(3) These leitourgia, kerygma, didache, koinonia, and diakonia are intertwined.
They support each other, as you can see.
Through leitourgia, kerygma, didache, koinonia, and diakonia, we live as the body of Jesus Christ on earth.
But we are not able to do these by our own power.
We need the Holy Spirit to empower us to do these.
Then we may be able to help the world to worship God, proclaim Jesus, teach the wisdom of Jesus, have true fellowship, and serve in the name of Jesus.

As the body of Jesus, in this way, we may continually live the life of Jesus.
Then the story of Jesus may be known, truly, deeply inside out.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, you love us and are interested in our life.
You have given us this community so that we may learn of you .
Help us to be your hand and your feet.
Help us to obey you through our life so that the world will know you and understand you.
We pray this in Jesus name.