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.
Isn’t it Beautiful?!
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]
The Hidden One sings –
Hidden in your love
Hidden in your mercy
Under the wings of the mercy seat
Protected by my Jesus
Loved and adored by the King
Who dare touch one of His Hidden Ones!
The King replies –
Dwell in the secret place, my Love
Never leave this abode
Your hope and peace reside here
Enter in and never leave
The rest reserved for my people – it is this secret place
Where you stay hidden in my love
Surrounded by my presence
Saturated in my peace
A place of total rest and restoration
A continual, eternal Jubilee!
Jesus Christ is an unfathomable treasure. No words can fully express who he truly is. However, the writer of Hebrews paints beautiful portraits of Jesus expressing so many facets of who he is, what he did, and what he continues to do for us. Below are some of those portraits as expressed in “The Passion Translation” of Hebrews.
- Jesus was appointed Heir of everything
- Through Jesus all things were created
- God speaks to us through the language of a son, Jesus Christ
- Jesus is the dazzling radiance of God’s splendor
- He is the exact expression of God’s true nature
- Jesus holds the universe together and expands it by His word
- He cleansed our sins
- Jesus is seated on the highest throne at the right hand of God
- He is infinitely greater than angels
- He is the beloved Son of God
- His throne endures forever
- Jesus Christ rules with justice and righteousness
- He will remain forever
- Jesus is I Am
- He never changes
- There is nothing outside Jesus control
- Jesus is crowned with glorious honor
- Jesus experienced death’s bitterness on behalf of everyone
- Jesus is the pioneer of our salvation made perfect through his sufferings
- He became human to fully identify with us, his children
- Jesus experienced death to annihilate the effects of the accuser who holds against us the power of death
Your love illumines all things with glorious light.
Your love lifts us up and sets us on mountain tops.
Your love sustains us in the deepest, darkest valley.
Your love never departs – it holds us in complete confidence.
Your love drives out fear replacing it with boldness and passion.
Your love saves us and reconciles us to our Father.
Without your love, death would overwhelm us.
But love is stronger than death, because you, King Jesus, live.
I wait for you my love. I am outside in the garden calling to you. My voice rises to your heart calling you forth. Rush into my embrace of love. There is nothing purer, nothing greater than my love for you. You are like a tender child peaking out, looking for me. Hesitant to run out, afraid of harsh words. But there is nothing negative in me. I only come to heal and love you. I come to restore and maintain your innocence. Your child like faith is there. I come to restore you. Let me touch your heart and bring forth the wonderful treasures there. Trust in me always to love and adore you.
I see you coming – running through the door. Your radiant beauty illuminates the garden. Your song is more beautiful than the birds. Your scent more pleasing than the roses. You fill my garden with love. I love you dearly. You are my beloved. Share your heart with me.
Drink of my love. Inhale my peace and joy. Breathe deeply of my love and plunge whole heartedly into my river. The springs are open and flowing forth from the city of love. The water is ever widening and deepening. My righteousness covers my people; my flood of love overwhelms them. Come into all fullness. Enter into the kingdom of unbelievable fulfillment in our relationship. Shake off doubts and fears caused by the enemy’s lies. Hurl them away like the filth that they are and completely embrace me, because I completely embrace you. You are hidden in my secret place – protected and cherished forever. Relish your place of endearment. I brought you to this place with my love, my mercy. My fire for you and in you is not extinguishable – you are mine forever.
I love you with an everlasting love. A love that will not die and cannot be defeated. You live in me; I live in you. Come to the fullness of understanding our unity. I challenge you to fully open yourself up to my love. I’ve demonstrated my love for you at the cross. I’ve demonstrated my love for you through the Holy Spirit. This is enough, but I long to give you even more. The fullness of the Spirit is available to my children. Long for it, and pursue it. Seek and you shall find. I give only good gifts to my children. It is not impossible to know me. Take time to seek me. I am waiting for you – ever eager to meet with you. I love you in all truthfulness, all faithfulness. A love forever.
My Beloved one, I love you with an undying love. A love the grave could not conqueror. A love your sin and rebellion could not conqueror. Relish my love. Let me ravish your heart. I cherish you. My love will never, ever break your heart. I pick up the pieces others have left. I mend every tear, every hurt, every worn and tattered place. The world doesn’t understand such love. But it is real. Come and experience a pure, joyful, unconditional love and acceptance. The Father waits for the prodigal heart to return to Him. I come to draw you into our embrace.
I was reading Ephesians chapter 2, and thinking about the way Jesus created a new man through the cross. Isaac (representing Jews) and Ishmael (representing Gentiles) through the cross are one new man reconciled to God in Christ. Both now have free access to the Father. As I contemplated this, the following equation came to mind which I hope blesses you.
(Isaac + Ishmael) x the cross = (the new man)^Christ
In other words, Isaac plus Ishmael times the cross equal the new man raised to the power of Christ.
So let’s subtract any thoughts from our minds that tell us “we can’t”, and replace them with, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. It is His power operating through us – Christ is in us, and we are in Christ. Now that is some math I like!