“You are not your own, for you were bought with price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19b-20)

Did you know that you are a wanted man? Imagine a world that on every street corner there were “Wanted” posters with your picture on it. And these posters were everywhere you went. Pretty soon someone would notice that you looked eerily similar to the man in the posters. Eventually your “run” from who wanted you would be over. You couldn’t stay away forever. Somewhere sometime those who “want” you would catch up and take you.

We do not live in a world like that with the wanted posters. But we are indeed “wanted.” In fact we are so “wanted” two people have fought over us since the Fall into sin. Satan and our heavenly Father want us. Satan used what God made good and holy, the female body, and twisted it. Men began to lust after the female form. Lust and adultery have become top sellers when it comes to books and movies as well. We are being assaulted on this front tremendously. And we fail miserably to fight off the temptation to lust after the desires and fantasies of our sinful hearts. Even by thinking about it, we commit adultery (Mt. 5:27-28).

And that is why God had the plan of salvation. Even in our sinful state He wanted you, and He was willing to pay any price to have you. The Father gave up His only begotten Son to get you back. Jesus Christ paid the price “not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death” (Martin Luther, Small Catechism, The Creed, 2nd Article). And Jesus did not just buy your soul, but He bought your body as well. For as Paul says, that “God raised the Lord and will also raise us by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?” (1 Corinthians 6:14-15a) At our baptism, we were united to Christ, buried with Him into His death that we too might be raised in our bodies just like Christ was.

So the things we do to our bodies, or do with our bodies are not our own actions. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. And sins, especially sexual sins, break the unity that we have with Christ. That is why Paul is adamant to the Corinthians to flee sexual immorality. How can we be part of something holy like Christ when we sin in any way, especially sexually? We can’t, says Paul. But thanks be to God that Christ even died for us who have failed to flee from sexual immorality.

So even if you have fallen prey to sexual immorality, all is not lost. Christ has indeed died to forgive you your sins. Do not think they are too big for Jesus. Do not think that you need to carry these sins alone. Give them to Christ, receive forgiveness. Trust in the Savior who paid the ultimate price to save your body and soul from sin, death, and the devil.

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