Re:Verse passage – John 19:1-30 (day three)

“He bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

It’s not uncommon for one to encounter reasoning that de-emphasizes the body. This happens in the church as well as in the world, albeit in different ways. The world often declares both that the bodily appetites must be obeyed, and also that the desires must rule the body in any way they see fit, and that such living is without consequence—as if the body has no bearing on the soul. The church often declares that the body is merely temporary because “I’ll fly away”—as if the body were only a stopgap measure. In Jesus Christ, we see these misunderstandings corrected. He bore our sins in his body, and they dis-integrated him; body and spirit were no longer integrated, resulting in death. That death—the cross—rescues your spirit and your body.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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