Sometimes I can almost imagine in my mind, seeing Jesus returning in the clouds. Those big white towering stratocumulus clouds that speak of His majesty. This morning, as I drove into work, the sun was just coming up over the horizon and I couldn’t help but be mindful of this world that we live on and what God has provided for us. And yet, as beautiful as this physical world can often be, I know that it is nothing compared to what God has intended for us.
One of my favourite Scripture verses is 1 Corinthians 2:6-9 NASB, which reads:
“Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; but just as it is written,
“Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”
There are a lot of things that I do not understand and long to comprehend but one of the biggest realities I do want to thoroughly understand is why these physical fleshly bodies that we live in were deemed necessary by God and how they are so not in sync or in tune with our Holy God. I know this is not how it was originally meant to be, I know why there is this constant internal fight, where our minds and hearts are drawn from what we are, to what we desire them to be. And I also know that Jesus personifies the realization of that reality. Seeing Jesus for Who He is, He is where my mind and heart want to be in, He is the hope that I long for.
I have indeed tasted of His power and love, I have experienced the effortless wonder of His Holy Spirit working through this physical body that I reside in, but not enough, not nearly enough. I understand the need to comprehend my total reliance in Him, the reality of my dependency. There’s no argument there anymore. If ever there was a lesson that is important to learn, it is that I in and of myself am nothing without God living in me.
Regardless of how good my intentions may be, they all will be for naught, without God living in me. This is the purpose of our existence, the reason for the life that we have been given, to come to this realization. All of us are truly nothing without God living in us. He is the author of life and even though we may be physically alive, without His Spirit living in us, we are but a blade of grass that appears for a moment and then dies. And so is this world that we live on. It is but a shadow of what is to come. The colours that we see are dulled colours, the sounds that we hear are dulled sounds, the beauty that we see in God’s creation is nothing compared to the beauty of being in God’s presence and what He has prepared for those of us who love Him. Not even close.
And the love that we do experience, that we feel for our loved ones, family and friends, is nothing compared to the love that emulates from God towards us. I know that is hard to comprehend but I once was given a taste of God’s love and there is no comparison. I never wanted to leave, not for anything, ever. You can read about it here if you are interested.
Do you ever wonder why the contrast between what is and what is to come? The contrast between what we see and what we do not see? The contrast between our earthly kingdoms and God’s kingdom? How we can see but not see or hear but not hear?
Jesus spoke about this reality often, the need to acknowledge God our Father for Who He is, and the need to value, appreciate, trust, have faith in and love Him. The need to be “born again” even though we had already been physically born. John 3:6 NASB “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.“
If you’ve never truly met Jesus, then you’ve never truly met God, because Jesus, God’s Son, is the way in which God our Father has chosen to make Himself known to all of us. Jesus is the way, He is the truth and He is the life. But meeting Jesus takes spiritual eyes, meeting Jesus means seeing Jesus for Who He is and meeting Jesus is taking Him at His word and following His commandments. There is repentance within our hearts for having not seen, a turning away from our life of sin, when our eyes are spiritually opened. Knowing who Jesus is, is not the same as knowing Jesus. Not even close. Many people may think that they know who Jesus is but far less have actually come to know Him.
It’s the interim that I am not fond of and the daily reminders that tell me that I still live in me, even though I know Christ now lives in me. My daily prayer is that Jesus will live in me more that I live in me.
That is why “every knee shall bow” to Jesus. He is God’s Son and He did for you and me what we could not and cannot do. He paid the price that we deserved to pay. He and He alone. And because Jesus lives, we shall also live.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!