Since Jesus departed this world, our hearts have been heavy and sad but he sent us a friend, the Holy Spirit, he will be with us to the end and he has made us glad!
A body the Father had prepared for his Son; God the living word, through him the Father's word would be heard.
He came to save the many and from his Kingdom he would not lose any.
How would people in places far away will hear and be delivered from all their fear?
There was needed many physical bodies for the Lord to work in, preaching the word of God, that belief in Jesus would save them from their sin.
Jesus began with Peter to build his Church, his body which all believers are part of, being fitted together by God's own Son, loved by our Father, the Eternal One!
This mystical body in which even today he works through and *the greater works are being done through me and you.
We are the Church sent by Jesus, gifted by him to do God's will, a bright light in the darkness set on a hill.
You cannot resist his choice of you, no way I say, for his irresistible grace has come your way, do not harden your heart as the word does say.
This mystical body is walking in him, we are his hands, feet and the love in the world to be seen, **Jesus is building his glorious Church of the first born, the spotless ones, his Bride and Queen.
Though you Lord Jesus have gone away for a time, you are still very near to us and your work through us is divine.
Who are we Lord that you will reward us for the Father's work that only you can do, it is you because you wanted us to be fellow workers with you.
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago Ephesians 2:10 NLT.
Walking the land as you did trod, speaking to people through our good deeds, helping the poor with their needs, proof to this evil world that we came from God.
Truly a peculiar people are we, strangers in this world, longing to go to our heavenly home above, but we are held here by our Savior's great love. This we do for the Lost, doing his will, the only wise God who saves souls despite such a great cost!
*"I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. John 14:12 NLT.
These greater works are done through the Church, the Body of Christ are not greater in the sense of being better in quality but in quantity, more of them! Note that Jesus said; "The same works", not different works!
**that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. Ephesians 5:27 NASB.
I used to think that when I went to Church that God was there, the truth is that we "Are" the Church collectively and individually, we bring God into the building! Another misunderstanding about the Church is the question; who is a Saint? A Saint is every true believer in Jesus Christ, they are the Temple of the Holy Spirit and sanctified by him.
Paul the Apostle confirms this; All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household. Philippians 4:22 NASB.
Note that Paul said; "All" the Saints greet you; they were all of the Body of Christ, the early Church. Their Sainthood is through God's choice not that of men.