Monday, November 17, 2008

With the Lord

What a day that will be; i have for several weeks now been preaching around the last two chapters in Revelation to the juvenile jail on Saturdays (some of which have been there each time--others just got there).
Although i may touch many subjects, I refuse and hope to always refuse to get far from the cross, for at the cross we understand everything.

Rev 21:1-4
1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."

The beginning of the end, the day when God's secret will and revealed will meet without mystery, the day when we will no longer see through dim eyes. A day of infinite joy, of infinite pleasure, no more fleeting pleasures, no more temporal joys, only ever growing delight in the felt presence of the Lord. Truly the Lord has presented for Himself a bride, and that of His own choosing, oh what joy that he has chosen us! What mercy He has poured out, to such as us. THink of it, a mighty ruler, an all-powerful creator, desiring to DWELL with His creations, to make His former enemies His children. What a concept, a personal God? A King who wants to have the company of His servants continually. The Lord who sits on High, will not be hidden behind some veil, will not (contrary to Hollywood) be somewhere distant, but as a Father delighting in the company of His children, enjoying His children cuddling Him. Is that weird to you? Get over it, it will be intimate, it'll be a hugfest. The pictures ABOUND for this great love, this great intimacy that we merely have shadows of in this life.
A day when there will NO LONGER be the possibility of sin, nothing will displease the Lord, and nothing will displease us. It will forever be a wedding day, a delightful anticipation of new joys, new discoveries and new causes for worship. Who will comfort us? Who will reach out and heal permanently all our sorrow, all our grief, all our pain, all our scars: none other than God Himself, just like Christ touching the lepers.
It's so heartbreaking to think of the many believers that are not reminded enough of this, who spend so little time meditating on these great blessings. This is the hope set before us, this is the finish line we look to, this is the joy set before us! Could I ask you to do what the church has done for about 1900yrs and that's to read the Song of Solomon as a love story between Christ and His people; i marvel at how anti-intimate we've become and it seeps into all our judgment. I'll tell you that I DON'T CARE if you think it's something else, maybe you say it's just a love story of a perfect marriage. Well I'd say with Paul Washer that even if you think that, then it is STILL applicable to APPLY to Christ and His bride since MARRIAGE IS one of the many symbols illustrating God's relationship to His people (so it's unimportant which way you think the ONE illustrates the OTHER either way they can still be related).
The Lord saw us and made us His, He prepared the marriage, it was an arranged marriage, and we fled from this commitment: we wanted our freedom, we saw no beauty in Him, we didn't want to be led, and we didn't care what expense our lover went to. Yet God pursued, God wooed us, He won our love, He swept us off our feet,, he stole our hearts: This great God gave blind ones the sight to behold beauty unspeakable, this God took unfaithful harlots (us) and made us royalty, He clothed us in His dazzling white robes and made us heirs!
What a day that will be when as the perfect picture of a Husband, God showers us with eternal gifts each and every day, He won't TRY to please us, He WILL SATISFY us beyond understanding. This will be the day when all will say, all including those in prison, all including the abused, all including the outcast, all including the crippled, all including the widow, all including the orphan, all including every warrior who fought continually to what seemed no avail, ALL WILL SAY "IT WAS MORE THAT WORTH IT". All will say "FINALLY, I CAN REST, GOODBYE FLESH, GOODBYE TEMPTATIONS, GOODBYE FAILURE, GOODBYE GRIEF, GOODBYE CONDEMNATION, GOODBYE DEPRESSION, GOODBYE DOUBT, GOODBYE HEARTACHE, GOODBYE TEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!"
HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!! ALL WILL BE NEW!!!!!!!!!!!

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