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]
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