When all is said and done, what experience in our lives do we value above all else?
Is it not love?
Is this cherished reality not universal within humanity?
Love for our parents, love for our spouse, love for our children, grandchildren, close friends, country, God ?
Do you ever wonder why that is?
Does love not provide us with purpose or meaning, grounding, peace, worth?
But love is not a material thing, it’s a non-physical emotion, an internal feeling that we have for someone else. You could say that love is a spiritual reality or value that lives within us that is not focused on us. Doesn’t that in itself tell you something?
Considering we are just atoms formed together into physical material beings, don’t you find it odd that all of humanity feels the same way? That which we value above all else is spiritual in essence and not material? That’s because we are more than a physical being. And when we love someone, what solidifies that love, gives it the value that we cherish, is it not that the person you love, loves you back?
Did you know that God is a spirit? (John 4:24)
Did you know that when God created mankind He created us with a soul? Our sole is the essence of our being, our spirit. (Genesis 2:7)
God created us in His image (Genesis 1:27). That means He gave us some of the same qualities that He has, like able to love. And the Word of God says that He knew us before we were born into our physical bodies. (Jeremiah 1:5)
So really, we’re not a physical body with a spirit, but more correctly, originally, in the beginning, we were a spirit with a physical body. Remember God is a spirit and we’re made in His image. That explains why so much of humanity looks for that sense of completion within themselves and can’t seem to find it. We look to the physical and not the spiritual reality of our being, while at the same time we try to maintain our independence instead of linking again to our Creator.
So why did God create humanity and our against all odds, finely tuned universe including our planet earth within our unique and special solar system? SO THAT WE COULD EXPERIENCE HIS LOVE AND HE COULD RECEIVE OUR LOVE! (Revelation 4:11 KJV) When you stop to think about it, it’s really not that hard to understand. God is the source of love. Does it not make sense why He created us? Does it not make sense why we value love above all else?
But something went wrong. In the beginning, the spirit within us, in Adam and Eve, was at one with God, in harmony, trusting, innocent, without guilt, righteous before God. Love between God and man was initially built on trust (faith) and that trust or faith got broken. Love needs freedom to choose, so God gave man free will, the option to determine, to make a choice. Humanity decided to go it alone and the spiritual union with God died, got separated, was broken. God’s love is available for all but it is not received by all. We basically have two choices, seek God’s love and acceptance (which includes forgiveness) on His terms or maintain our independence. The same choice that Adam and Eve faced. What follows next is God’s plan to restore that which was broken.
Trust or faith is a vital and necessary principle of union and fellowship with God and God confirmed this through Abraham (Genesis 15:6) Because of Abraham’s belief and trust in God, God began to unfold His plan of redemption through Abraham’s descendent (Genesis 22:18) The plan is detailed and specifically foretold, throughout the Old Testament scriptures, culminating in the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, the Messiah, our Redeemer. But that is just one part of God’s plan, and admittedly it is the most important part, but God provides more.
THE MOSAIC LAW
The Law is given to Israel, God’s chosen people, through Moses, to show and explain what exactly transpired when humanities union with God was broken. It is a hard reality to honestly look at because sin, or the breaking of God’s standard, is identified in all of it’s various aspects, along with a physical tabernacle and later temples, which are physical representations of spiritual realities, and God’s solution to come, necessitated by the break. There are many spiritual lessons to be learned and incorporated within the Christian walk throughout Israel’s checkered history. We see God’s love continually held out to Israel and most frequently rejected. Not unlike what most of humanity does to this very day.
The key focus of the Law in the Old Testament is to emphasize that man, of himself, is not able to mend the break. This is humanities biggest stumbling block and always has been. Humanity has always thought, via many varied means, that the peak of man’s objectives or goals could be realized independently of God. And humanities standard of what constitutes a “good man” falls far short of God’s standard. The purpose of the Law was to bring us to the conclusion that we need God’s provision, His Redeemer, the Messiah, not our own methods, and that the operating principle is still faith or trust (Galatians 3:24), as it was in the beginning.
THE MINISTRY OF JESUS
Jesus did what no other human being has ever done. You can read about His ministry in the four Gospels and the Epistles and Revelation within the New Testament. In addition to His continual clarification of God’s will and purpose and love, He authenticated what He said by what He did. Miracles, including many healings, controlling nature, raising the dead etc. But the pinnacle of His ministry, was His death and resurrection. The willingness of Jesus to suffer and die for our sins personifies how great God’s love is for us. The resurrection of Jesus confirms the validity of our own resurrection. Plus God’s love comes with the promise of eternal life after we leave these bodies of flesh behind and eventually a new body. All of this was foretold in the Old Testament. Jesus is the means whereby God, our Heavenly Father chose to restore that which was broken. Jesus did for us what we could not do for ourselves. In essence, God restores what was broken, Himself.
The restoration of God’s love, acceptance, forgiveness and spirit within us is a promise to all who take God at his word. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 14:6 ” Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
The reality of the source of love is not that hard to understand. It’s a matter of looking at the testimony of what He has created, what God’s Word actually says and taking an honest look at what life’s lessons have taught you about the world we live in and ourselves, individually and collectively. Repenting is acknowledging what God’s Word tells us about ourselves, that we have sinned, that we have fallen short, many times, many ways. Repenting also means to turn from doing things our way to start to live God’s way. Interestingly enough, Christianity was also known as “The Way”.
When we reject Jesus, we reject God’s plan, we reject God’s love. We stand on your own, we answer for ourselves. God says that there will be a judgement day when everyone will stand before Him and answer for our words and deeds. He also says that today is an acceptable day to turn to Him.
You don’t need fancy words to ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour. Just speak from your heart and call upon His name. Romans 10:13 says “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acknowledge what you know to be true, that you have fallen short and that you don’t want to stand on your own anymore. If you have never done this, please consider it now.
A whole new world awaits you, including brothers and sisters in the Kingdom of God and most importantly, a loving relationship with God our father, Jesus our Redeemer and God’s Holy Spirit within you plus eternal life!
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!