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Many Colors

Rainbow Over the Ocean The answer to society's and the individual's need is found in the Christ world rainbow. She, the Body of Christ, is one of God's instruments for bringing a hurting world back to himself. Like a rainbow, Christ shines in many colors and meets our very varied needs.

Evil Humans

The account of Noah begins with a great increase in the earth's population and the Lord, therefore, limited their lifespans to 120 years. We read this in Genesis 6.1-3, "When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the Lord said, 'My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.'" "My Spirit will not contend with humans" may be translated as "My spirit will not remain in humans." And the phrase "for they are mortal" may be rendered as "for they are corrupt."

Great Wickedness

This corruptness is described in the next few verses of Genesis 6.5-8, "The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, 'I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created — and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground — for I regret that I have made them.' But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord." Despite all the evil on the earth, Noah "found favor in the eyes of the Lord." As a result of this evil, the whole earth was flooded and only Noah's family and the animals in the ark survived.

Rising Waters

Only after 40 days of rising waters do the waters eventually begin to subside. Finally, Noah's family and the animals came out of the ark. The first thing that Noah does is to sacrifice to the Lord as in Genesis 8.20-22, "Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: 'Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.' As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.'"

Rainbow Covenant

This covenant between God and humans was then marked with the introduction of the rainbow. Genesis 9.12-16 describes this "And God said, 'This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth."

Bow in the Clouds

So we have the rainbow, his bow in the clouds, as a sign that God lays down his weapon of destruction, to make a peace covenant with Noah and with the World forever. Christ's rainbow today is a pledge that he will never again destroy the world because of its evil. Christ's rainbow is God's pledge of the possibility of peace to all people who will receive him as their savior. The multicolor rainbow as an outward and visible sign has a sacramental meaning as an inward and invisible pledge of peace for all humankind forever.

American Statue Liberty

American Statue Liberty HeadThe Body of Christ is like the American Statue of Liberty in that it signals true freedom for all who will come to Jesus, the Head. Towering triumphantly over New York Harbor is the one hundred and fifty-one foot sculptured green American Statue of Liberty. Originally called, "Liberty Enlightening the World" it is a massive copper and iron truss tower statue designed by the French sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904 AD) and built by French civil engineer and architect, Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923 AD). Eiffel also gave his name to the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris. Over the years, the American Statue of Liberty has been a beacon of hope for oppressed peoples from around the world. This stately lady, with freedom's torch, held high, welcomes refugees from far across the world. Since October 28th, 1886, the following words on her pedestal have encouraged immigrants...

Head

American Flag"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

Come to Me

American Statue LibertyThis same comfort of God's love to those oppressed by the permissiveness and selfishness of our society is also extended by Christ's word. Matthew 11.28-30 gives us Jesus' words, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

You Have Trouble

Jesus FaceTo those seemingly trapped by a ruthless secular world, Christians still answer with the one name, "JESUS." He still unshackles their spiritual chains. He beckons in John 16.33, "In me, you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!."

Hidden Sacrament

A Rainbow HatThe Mystical Body in the World, like the rainbow, contains many emanations and colors in a multitude of rich and different forms. Like the rainbow of colors that emanate from white light in a prism so Jesus is the primary body himself like the sunlight. The individual Body of Christ has his or her being in the Christian believer. She is a hidden sacrament in bread and wine. She operates in households where Christians gather under the headship of Christ.

Jesus Christ World

World GlobeIn Jesus Christ world, there are no differences in doctrine or practice as Jesus draws every committed Christian together in faith. The church as a large world organization draws its strength from a multitude of local households. The world body exists as a network of national and international denominations that know no differences in doctrine or practice except to be committed Christians. The Historical Body of Christ stretches backward and forwards in time to the saints of every age who share eternally the same commitment to Jesus Christ. In an extra-terrestrial dimension, the Heavenly Body worships around the throne of God.

One Mystical Body

DoveThe Heavenly Body with the angelic host form a great multitude of the faithful across the World. Every committed Christian is a part of this whole spectrum of the Mystical Body. Personal commitment opens the door to the many rich emanations of the one, mystical Body of Christ. Every committed Christian is automatically and simultaneously included, whether he or she knows it.

God's Instrument

Light brown armchairAs I sit in a chair at home, I worship at the feet of Jesus in heaven. Because the head permeates every level of the Body of Christ, I am at one with all my brother and sister Christians around the world. The Body of Christ is God's instrument for bringing a hurting world back to himself.✞

Jesus Christ's Heaven

Face of JesusEvery Christian who is a part of the Mystical Body of Christ on earth has a place in Jesus Christ's Heaven. The ascent of Christ into heaven happened on a fortieth day after the Resurrection. This occurrence has come to be technically called, "The Ascension." The word "ascension" was first recorded in 1713 and rose in use to its height in 1831. It was also the name of a small isolated volcanic island of 34 square miles with a population of about 800 in the South Atlantic called Ascension Island. It gained its name from the Portuguese navigator Afonso de Albuquerque (1453-1515) who sighted the island on Ascension Day which fell on 21st May in 1501. Interestingly, in 1836 the second Beagle voyage visited Ascension Island too. Charles Darwin (1809-1882) the English naturalist and geologist described Ascension Island as dry and treeless, with nothing growing near the coastline. The sparse vegetation inland supported "about six hundred sheep, many goats, a few cows, and horses." Charles Darwin wrote, "The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us, and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic."

Jesus Ascension

The name ascension comes of course from Jesus Ascension. Luke 24.50-53 tells us, "When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God." Jesus did not say, "I go to heaven, but I leave you a book. Here are a Bible and Prayer Book, so entertain yourselves. Bye-bye!" NO! He said in Matthew 28.20, "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Jesus is still present today in the Mystical Body of Christ through the Holy Spirit. One day he will take those who love him to be with him in Heaven forever.

"Christ World Rainbow"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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