After Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, the Sanhedrin got really worked up. They knew that things had gone too far. They said “If we let Him go on like this, everyone will believe in Him”.
While they weren’t inspired when they said this, I can’t help but think that there was some truth in their statement. If Jesus were to keep on doing His work today, then a lot of people would believe in Him…
So did His body stay in the grave? No, we know He resurrected. And we also know that His body remains on this Earth. That is, the Church remains on Earth.
And His body continues to raise the dead. His body continues to heal the blind. But we could do much better. Obviously not in the physical sense. But then our call isn’t to fix the temporary. We are called to the deeper things.
If we were truly living as Christ called us to live, there would be a drastic difference in the world. There would likely be more persecution of Christians, but more importantly there would be more people freed from the bondage of death. We do so many good things by His power now, it shouldn’t be hard for us to believe in His power.
Caiaphas told the Sanhedrin in that meeting… “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” He didn’t say this because of some craftiness of his own. He said it because it was a prophesy directly from God. And I can’t help but think about His body at this point. While it’s not a prophesy telling us to kill our physical bodies, it was a prophecy about Christ dying for our sins. And we are His body.
We can’t die for the sins of others. But in dying to ourselves we can have an impact on this world that continues to shake it as Christ shook it by His death.