3/30/2013 Janice Thomas, School Nurse at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you. -Romans 8:1-11
Ok here is your Jeopardy question of the day. Do you know what is the largest organ in your body?
The heart? The brain? The liver? No, in fact it is your skin. The skin or flesh that the Gospel writers talk so much about today being the source of our sin and weakness happens to be an amazingly helpful part of making the body work. It allows us to feel and move and it protects us from disease and injury. Very human stuff.
So why does the flesh get such a bum wrap? Well that very human part of us is what God is asking us to shed in order to expose his most precious creation in us....our spirit, our soul. That part of us that science has not yet even begun to understand needs to be the biggest part of us.
What would that look like? Well I don't think we need to look to far to know how to lessen our human desires and enlarge our spiritual ones.
Today is Holy Saturday and we are given a perfect example of spirit overcoming flesh. Jesus knew what it meant to be human. His example shows us again and again how to be his continued and loving spirit in the world. So if your spirit is willing but your flesh is weak....remember that Jesus has shown you the way. Follow him to resurrected life.