Can we look upon our own poverty – our own emptiness and inability? Earthen vessels easily broken and destroyed – formed out of clay and half-baked in the kiln – fragility in motion. An empty clay shell waiting to be broken, crushed by the world. No strength to withstand the battering forces of the world. The darkness concealed within released when the exterior shatters.
If we gaze upon and accept our total emptiness, poverty, helplessness, what is left? What is the meaning of what has gone before – a shadow, a dark turning of mere existence without purpose, direction, substance?
No! Jesus promised more than this. He promised to fill the earthen vessel with his Spirit, His light. The glory of God shining forth from every crack and imperfection. Darkness banished and weakness replaced with His strength. Divine destiny and purpose revealed.
Are we willing to admit our utter poverty to receive the marvelous riches of His glory?
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3-10, ESV)
Our life is a beautiful dance through the universe where Jesus leads. We simply hold his hand and follow where he guides. Our hands and feet are joined in union with his – nailed together to the cross. Our spirits are risen with him – united in his everlasting life. Our old man buried with Christ and left in the grave. Our new man a glorious resurrection. Yet even greater glory is to be revealed when we receive the full promise of his eternal life. We have received his life and love -united eternally in life; united eternally in love. Oh, death where is your sting! Eternity awaits with even greater glory of living in the very presence of Father God. What delight to worship in total awe at his throne – now and forever. We are children of the most high God, wrapped in his everlasting love and engulfed in his light – the bliss of eternal union with God.
The cross displayed the depths of human depravity and cruelty when man is not united to God – devoid of mercy, compassion, or love.
At the same time, the cross displayed the depths of Father God’s goodness and mercy as he pursued his children with tender love and compassion knowing that only in unity with him can we be fulfilled. Only when we believe in his infinite love and his goodness will we give ourselves to him. The only way to show us this unending love and draw us to him was to send his only begotten son. Knowing that his love would be rejected, knowing that those whom he loved unconditionally would betray him, he still came. Because of the prize of winning our hearts, Jesus endured the cross knowing that the forgiveness flowing from the cross would deliver us from the deception of the enemy. As he was lifted up receiving all of our hate and wrath, Father released all of his love and forgiveness, washing away our sin and shame and restoring our unity with him through King Jesus.
And now the good news of the Kingdom is proclaimed. The dynamic, explosive power that raised Christ from the grave works through us! All of the fulness of Christ fills us. Now every year, every month, every week, every day, every moment is jubilee. We declare Father’s jubilee of deliverance through Christ Jesus. All the riches of heaven and earth he bestowed upon us – kings, priests, heirs of the most High God! All praise and glory to the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Kingdom of Heaven is Spiritual, but it manifests in the physical.
If we are in the Kingdom of God, we are not in the Kingdom of the World. If we are not in the Kingdom of the World, then we don’t operate by its principles. We operate by the principles of the Kingdom of God.
The Kingdom of Heaven looks like something. It looks like a feast of love, peace, joy, forgiveness, wholeness, healing, deliverance, mercy, and goodness.
Those in the Kingdom of Heaven are wearing a wedding garment – the robe of Jesus’ righteousness.
Those in the Kingdom of God are enjoying a great feast prepared by the Father to honor his Son.
When we are born through water and the Spirit, Father delivers us into the Kingdom of his Son with pleasure and celebration.
The Kingdom of God is a construct that is outside the religious, political, and economic construct of this world. In fact, it defeated the construct of this world. [Colossians 2:15 “Then Jesus made a public spectacle of all the powers and principalities of darkness, stripping away from them every weapon and all their spiritual authority and power to accuse us. And by the power of the cross, Jesus led them around as prisoners in a procession of triumph. He was not their prisoner; they were his!” The Passion Translation]
Did I ever let down those who loved me and sought after me? Even when they failed, did I leave them or stop loving them? Even those who were not my people, did I abandon them? No! I rewarded their faith. Rahab and Ruth and many others simply believed in the God of Israel from the reports and words they heard from others. Simple belief and simple faith. Like a child always trust that I am your Father. A Father who wants to bless you and care for you more than you can imagine.
Your love is an ocean that I am drowning in. I sink into its depths with great delight. I inhale it and become intoxicated with your goodness and mercy. Your love flows eternal – waves that constantly beat at the stony cliffs of our hearts. Wave after wave until the walls erode and crumble at the insistence of your love.