This is truly amazing for us to understand, but when God sees the Church, He actually sees as an expression of His son on the earth. We read about this in Romans 8:28-31 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. 31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Saint Teresa of Avila said “Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.”
While Jesus came to reconcile us ALL to the Father, He is clear that He expects us to take care of one another and to begin with “the least of these.” He call us to get involved and allow Him to show us how. If we want to be the hands and feet of Jesus, we have to open our eyes to the suffering in the world and allow our hearts to be broken by those things that break the heart of the Father. Because there is so much brokenness in our world, we can become overwhelmed by the need and just throw our hands up in despair. But .God is at work in the world and we can be part of it. We can be the hands and feet of Jesus in our part of the world…what a privilege!
So just think about for a few moments, how did Jesus live while on earth? How perfect was his life? How did he effect all those around him and for years to follow? How did He always honour the Father? Jesus’ life was amazing. In fact it was perfect and now when the Father looks upon us the church, He sees us as the expression of his son because “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21). When the Father sees us – He sees the son.