Our bodies of death

"For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison..."



For those that don't know, Trip Lee is not just a hip hop artist, but he's also a pastor/church planter. Recently he released his new video for the track Sweet Victory on his most recent album, Rise. I wrote a blog about that song a few months ago. You can find that blog post HERE

27 seconds into the video, I lost it- meaning I started crying.

The message is so clear and is so right on. As powerful and encouraging as the lyrics are, the visuals are just as powerful and encouraging.

So today, I informed my children about the video and they were excited to watch it.

I decided to show it to them after lunch so after clearing off the table, I had them gather around our computer. Before the video began, I asked them a question to help them think while they watch.

I said, "try to figure out who we are in the video?"

After it started I had to walk away because I could feel my emotions expanding to such a degree that I feared crying again,

yes.....

even after watching it a second time. 

I didn't want my children to get distracted with seeing me cry before I had a chance to explain to them what the video meant.

After the video was over, I asked them the question again.

"Who are we in that video?"

My 9 year old son answers with "I don't know who we are but Jesus is the car and that's what we did to him".

Can you tell my son thinks all answers to all questions is Jesus. That's my boy!!!

I told my kids that the car represents our bodies. We can read in scripture what Paul calls our bodies, literally bodies of death (Romans 7:24, 2 Corinthians 4:10).

We live our lives trying really really hard....
continuously chasing...
striving,  seeking...

for endless ways to keep our bodies and even our appearances put together.

We hold ourselves together with duct tape.

In spite of our duct taped bodies of death, or maybe in conjunction of having duct taped bodies we are still faced with trials and afflictions beyond our control.

The person throwing bottles at us....
the person dumping paint on us...
the person slashing our tires...
the person with the bat beating the windshield out...

all those things represent all the bad stuff and tiresome stuff that happens to us in our lives.....

like sickness
loss of relationships
loss of loved ones
family brokenness
rejection
racism
classism
poverty
persecution

though at the moment they seem dauntingly overwhelming....

they are really light and momentary compared to the eternal weight of glory. 

What does "compared to eternal weight of glory" mean?  

Well first off, this comes from 2 Corinthians 4:17. It reads-

for this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 

Let us keep the verse in it's context and see it as a whole with the rest of chapter 4. It says


Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;  always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
 So even though our bodies are temporary houses of death preparing us for something better, our souls are eternally secure when we are washed in Christ blood that was poured out for us on the cross. 

Knowing all this we keep pressing on. 

Philippians 3 tells us that whatever gain we have in trying to keep ourselves together with duct tape, we should count it all as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, we should count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus

For his sake we will suffer the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that we may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of our own that comes from the endless striving of keeping ourselves together, but that which comes through faith in Christ.....

the righteousness from God that depends on faith, that we may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible we may attain the resurrection from the dead. 

Not that we have already obtained this or far be it that we think we are now.....perfect.....

No.....but we press on, making to know Jesus our own, because for those that call ourselves believers, Christ Jesus has made us his own.  

Humbly, we should not consider that we, ourselves, have made it our own. 

But one thing we do know: 

 

We forget what lies behind and strain forward to what lies a head. 

 

We press on....

 

with

 

dragging mufflers, duct tape keeping us together, old tattered upholstery, broken windshields, leaking oil, punctured tires, dirt and all....

 

receiving all the blows this world has to offer......

towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Jesus. 

 

Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything we think otherwise, God will reveal that also to us.  

 

Only let us hold true to what we have attained. 

 

Let's remember our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly broken, leaky, busted up body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

 

Let us know that we have fought the good fight, we have finished the race, we have kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7).....

in spite of living in bodies of death! 
 
I pray that for those that belong to Jesus, we will continuously remind ourselves of that.

I pray for those that don't belong to Jesus....to see that.

I say again, 

"For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison..."

Enjoy the video!