What an amazing truth it is that the church is the body of Christ. When the church is persecuted, Jesus is persecuted. When the individuals of the church are served and loved, Jesus is served and loved. The church is united with Christ because the church is His bride, united to him just as the husband and wife become one flesh. And through the church, Christ will fill this world and the heavenly realms with the truth of who he is and how awesome he is. "And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all." Ephesians 1:22-23