Christ’s Body Split Open

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Our church went thru a split approx. 2 ½ years ago. Repercussions are still rippling thru our congregation. Recent events have brought this back to mind. As I lay thinking about it last night, the image of Christ’s body hanging on the cross, his death, His Body split open pouring out blood and water came rushing to me.  

John 19:31-37 31 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. 35 And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. 36 For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.” andZechariah 12:9-109 It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against
Jerusalem. 10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of
Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. “

  Our church, which is the body of Christ, was split wide open, pouring out blood and water. Blood of anger, pride, of the lives involved. Water like hot frustrating tears of the mourning. We were and are still mourning a great loss of our body of believers in Christ. I struggled with writing this and even as I do, my eyes well up with tears.

Tears of frustration, how did this happen?

Tears of unbelief, why did this happen, to us, to believers?

Tears of anger, how could Christians do this?

Tears of sadness, these people (who left) were my friends; I loved them (still do) why do they not still love me?

I have to be careful that my tears do not turn into bitterness. Rooting themselves in the soil of anger, disappointment, and sin.The scripture above tells that the scene on the cross is a fulfillment of scripture, of prophecy. That this had to happen, ultimately to Glorify God.

To parallel it if I may, this split of our little church body had to happen, to ultimately Glorify God. That the ugliness of the gossip, the meetings, the slander, the tears, the hate, the pride, the sin ~ just like the mocking, the death, the forsaking of Jesus had to happen for the kingdom of God to move forward, for there to even be a kingdom. For people to be brought to the Kingdom. I love each and every one of those people who left our body of Christ.

I’m sorry for sinning against them in their time of great angst and need. I’m sorry for talking/gossiping about them. I’m sorry this whole thing had to happen. I only can rest in the hope that this will (and is) glorifying the Heavenly Father above.

I know in time things will calm down, lives will go on, new friends will be made, memories fade, hurts cease, sins repented, forgiveness can be asked for and received. I have seen some of the results of the ‘split’, people in their new church bodies, bringing life, vitality, new opportunities with ministries, helps and growth.

I praise God for this. I really, really praise God for this.

This is much more important then a body staying together and being stagnant, miserable, hopeless and helpless. More much important then I wanting my (church) family to stay together. Praise be the keeper of all things, the knower of our hearts, the sower of seeds and giver of life!

One last verse if I may, then I must post this before I chicken out. Blessings.  Psalms 121:1-81 I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? 2 My help {comes} from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not allow  your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. 4 Behold, He who keeps
Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand. 6 The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night. 7 The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. 8 The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in From this time forth and forever.

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About Kristina

52 year old Christian lady, knitter, bible collector, crafter, little business owner, thrill seeker (only when shopping at thrift stores for tremendous bargains) my animals servant, a child of God, saved, redeemed and trying to be joyful in a fallen world.

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  1. this is from a friend of mine, who shall remain nameless, whose comment for too good to just let go by.
    she is young, wise, and beautiful:
    She Writes;
    ”Awful and beautiful all at once… Thanks for this. I’m sure it was hard to write.

    but… remember…

    Not one of His bones were broken. Yes, He was rent, He was spilt, but there is only one body of Christ. *That* is the thing I’ve been thinking of, and grieving over, these past few days–that that is forgotten. There are legitimate reasons to leave a particular fellowship, but that doesn’t mean that particular congregation
    *within* Christ’s body is not part OF Christ’s body, Christ’s ONE church.

    That really is a powerful image; I’ve never thought of it that way.

    Remember, too, though, that the water and the blood (not to argue against your very real imagery) that spilt from Christ showed that He was truly dead. The Body of Christ, the Church, is not dead. Wounded, yes, but not mortally wounded, because HE preserves the saints. HE preserves His Body, His Bride. HE makes her perfect–and He will do it. He IS doing it. Yes, Christ’s resurrected body remained scarred, though healed, but remember what those scars did! They proved His power over death! That power is what gives life, renewal, redemption to us–individually and corporately.

    We don’t rejoice in the scarring of the Church, the spilling of blood, but we do and must rejoice that, yes, He works all things to His glory, and our forever enjoyment of His gloriousness.

    Do remember to pray for this facet of Christ’s church, that the gates of hell will not prevail against it. They won’t, because He promised, but hell does so bravely try… We have to be vigilant, and I’ve been in grave fear of that lately, as it seems our old enemy–pride? self?
    the devil?–is working again on our weakness, to wound the Church.

    Don’t read too much into that, and especially don’t go saying that to anyone. I think I’m just more attuned to it because I saw it happen before, but–oh! not in pride and resentment, but–pray!!! Pray for the purity of ALL of Christ’s church.

    Love you, wise one.

    It’s Christ’s church. Rejoice!!! He conquors sin in us, and He WILL present His bride spotless!!”

    krislinatin

  2. Hi Kristina, Thanks for expressing your true feelings. Our church split was alot like my parents divorce. It was devastating and extremely painful and frustrating for everyone involved. I too sinned throughout the process by not trusting God and trying to manipulate circumstances and people and by harboring anger against certain players. I still hurt for our church but I must trust that somehow God will be glorified by this situation by bringing good out of it (Rom. 8:28,29). We may not see the good for a long time or may never see it but we know that God is working because He has promised. That is a great comfort to me. It was theraputic for us to spend time with the Robinsons last weekend too. It gave us a chance to talk and for me to thank Roland for all he has done to serve our church. We must continue to pray for each other that God will work in us and through us. We certainly need Him! Have a good week. I love and appreciate you. Thanks for the many ways you serve all of us at ERC. Happy Mother’s Day too.

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