Thursday, June 28th,
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message by Kris Jackson
JOINTS AND BANDS
"And not holding the Head, by which all the
body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together,
increases with the increase of God" (Colossians 2:19)
David wrote in awe that the human anatomy is
"fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14). Paul furthers the mystique
relating the earthly representative to the heavenly. The church is "His body"
(Ephesians 1:23). Christ is the "Head" (Colossians 1:18). The life of all
ancillary parts comes through connection with the head. We think of the heart
as the life-pump but even it cannot beat without nerve stimulus from above, the
metaphor Paul used to identify rogue body parts as "not holding the Head", or
not being in connection with the Head. Then he mentions two interesting terms
which we seldom think of in regard to the Body of Christ. In the First
Corinthians discussion he alludes to head, hands, the sense organs of eyes,
ears and nose and finally the feet. All have allegorical intention. But in
Colossians he speaks of "joints and bands".
Wherever there is a joint there is an offshoot,
an angular appendage, a tangent, a separate apparatus that serves its own
unique function. If the body were one long "whole" it would be more like a slab
of lumber. But it has variation, forearm, tri-jointed phalanges, thigh, shin,
ankle, etc. The wonder of the body is in its joints. The wonder of the Church
is in its conjoining ministries. The old spiritual says, "the knee bone's
connected to the thigh bone, and the thigh bone's connected to the hip bone,
and the..." In Ezekiel's vision there was "a shaking; and the bones came
together, bone to his bone" (Ezekiel 37:7). Revival is what causes the shaking.
If we could ever get the church on Elm Street to hook up with the church on Oak
Street we might finally reflect the Body of Christ.
Joints are where inflammation occurs. The heat
and friction, the "rub" if you will, happens where differing believers
interface. And that calls for another creation, the bands, or tendons. The
ministry of "joints" bridges division and connects with other structures. The
"bands" minister love and grace and supply connective tissue to make the joint
Muscle and tendons, what the old version called
"sinews", is what empowers the joint, whether it be arm, leg, neck or whatever.
The word is "ligaments" in NKJV. Much teaching focuses on five-fold ministries
such as apostle, prophet, evangelist, etc. but not enough attention is paid to
the support crew. Anyone who serves to bring various parts and functions into
unity does the Body its greatest service. My mother-in-law had the dreaded double
knee replacement awhile back. What a relief to finally scrape out the decay
and infuse new life into deteriorating joints. The church stands straightest
and strongest where the foundation is healthy. That is chiefly the work of
joints and bands. Our text says the Body has "nourishment ministered" and is
"knit together" by their connection. And as with any mechanical joint, it needs
oiled or it can get quite squeaky. The Holy Spirit is the nourishment. Love is
the cushion on which each joint rides - "from whom the whole body, joined and
knit together by that which every joint supplies...makes increase of the body
unto the edifying of itself in love" (Ephesians 4:16). I've heard of anointing
with oil. Maybe what the church really needs is to anoint with some Ben Gay!
She suffers today from tired aching joints, but the joints and bands will only
get stronger as we exercise...as we exercise love!.