Several years ago, I remember listening to Richard Rogers preach at the Tulsa International Soul Winning Workshop. I don't remember the topic of his sermon or the text. However, I do remember his analogy on Christian fellowship.
He told of going to a diner and ordering an omelet. Normally omelets are made with three eggs. After the omelet was served, he asked the waitress to take the third back, since he only wanted a two egg omelet. We all know that this is impossible to do. Once the eggs are mixed together, they lose their individual identities. He said that where there is a lack of fellowship in the church, the problem is that we are a bunch of hard-boiled eggs. You can hear us clicking on the pew. We are a bunch of individuals in our shells. The saying he said next has always stuck with me. As Christians, we need to cease being eggs, and become egg.
As I was doing my study on Ephesians 2:11-22, my mind went back to this analogy. This text tells us that Jesus destroyed something and created something new.
"For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity (Eph 2:14-16)."
Jesus destroyed the wall that separated us from God and united us together with God's people as "one new man." He created a new body, the body of Christ. Jesus is our head, and we are all parts of his body. We make up a single organism.
How is this supposed to look? Paul deals more with the body analogy in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. He makes several points about the church using this analogy.
1) We are one body, though we are many members
2) None of us members are independent
3) Each member has a function in building up the body
4) We are to have equal care for each other
This means that none of the things that divide those in the world are to have any meaning in the body of Christ. Regardless our age, marital status, hobbies, interests, race, language, economic status, job, or culture, we are still one in Christ. Unlike those in the world, it is not things such as these that tie us together. It is our relationship to our head, Jesus Christ that ties us together. We are all organically connected together through him. He is what we all have in common, and that is greater than all of these other things combined. In other words, our ties to each other through Christ is greater than any other ties. Our race, age, interests, etc. will all pass away with the world, but our tie to each other through Christ will not. We are his body, he is our head.
Indeed. Through Christ we cease to be eggs, and become egg.