Thoughts (From Toni Nichols) – “What does the Lord think about our bodies?”

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Thoughts (From Toni Nichols) – “What does the Lord think about our bodies?”
Toni Nichols

I have been thinking about my imperfect, broken and somewhat deformed body, and speaking with my Mom tonight, whose body is a captive of Parkinson’s I asked her, “What do you think the Lord thinks about our bodies?”

There was silence.

Consider how in the Old Testament nothing deformed could approach the Holy of Holies, or be offered as a sacrifice to the Lord.

But we have our answer in the Old Testament book of Isaiah and the subsequent accountings of the life of Christ in the New Testament. It is clear what He thinks.

“Isaiah 53

Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.”

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  1. This is the quintessential Lenten/Easter passage, but I’m never sure I fully grasp it. Jesus, is referred to in Scripture as The Lamb of God, Lamb Without Blemish,(Even his legs were not broken on the cross) and yet I recognize him in the above prophecy. Reconciling the two images always challenges me.
    One thing I get right now is that He suffered as a Human so He can fully understand Our suffering and that because of that we can offer up or unite our sufferings to Him. I know that because of His sacrifice for our sins, He is able to present us flawless before the Throne of God. Jude 1:24 Colossians 1:22, but I’m thinking that’s soul and spirit. Jesus so often spoke of the hypocrites who were worried about cleanliness on the outside and unconcerned about the mess inside. Sorry, you can tell my thoughts are bouncing all around this.

    1. At least you are thinking, and opening the door for the Lord to give you the insight He wants you to have. I like the emphasis that Jesus understands our pain. New Living Translation – “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.” In one translation, it says He is “touched with the feelings of our weaknesses.”

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