Sacred Bodies

24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.  26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error (Romans 1).

If there is anything that describes the human condition, it is our lustful hearts and degrading passions.  In some way, every single one of us has been guilty of dishonoring our bodies, through abandoning God’s design and succumbing to our own physical lusts and passions.  In the same way that God gives individual people over to impurity and degrading passions, could it be that He has now given our nation over to such things?  Does not all the media around us reflect this?

The body is important, more than that, it is a holy and sacred thing.  Jesus entered the human race, not just to save the soul, but to redeem the body along with it.  He left the splendors of heaven to walk physically among men, because we could no longer physically walk in the presence of God.  The Second Adam was bodily removed from Jerusalem, crucified outside the gates of the holy city, because we, in the loins of the First Adam, were cast out of Eden.  His body was beaten beyond recognition because our bodies no longer reflected the image of God.  (Remember how the face of Moses shown after meeting with God? — Exodus 34:29,35)

Lord, thank You for our bodies!  Thank You for redeeming them, as well as our souls!  Help us This Day to remove anything from our lives that would lead us to dishonor our bodies and not reflect Your glory.  Amen.