“‘All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.’ And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, ‘Behold the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.'” Exodus 24:7-8
Moses covered the people with the blood of the sacrifice in order to seal the covenant. God covered Adam and Eve’s sin with the blood of a sacrifice, just like He covered YOUR sin with the blood of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
On that day Jesus gave up EVERYTHING to be the perfect sacrifice for you so that you could once again enter into the Garden of Eden without fear of death or shame. While the Israelites through countless generations had to offer up sacrificial animal after innocent sacrificial animal, time and time again. Jesus’ blood is so much more effective than the blood of bulls and goats. While the blood of animals is innocent, it’s not knowledgeable. The animals have no choice in the matter; they are grown to be killed as a sacrifice. Jesus on the other hand, not only had choice, he had will. In the Garden of Gethsemane on the night that He was betrayed He had every opportunity to run and hide from the guards and avoid the inevitable. But He didn’t do it. He chose to do the hardest and most horrible thing that anyone in all of history ever has or will ever have to do. He BECAME the sacrificial lamb, perfect and spotless. He CHOSE to offer Himself up for YOU in order to spill His perfect blood for YOU and cover over your sins so that you could once again enter the presence of God without fear or shame. And what’s more, He made a way for you to be in His presence and never leave it again by giving up His Spirit at His death so that He could come and live in your heart all the days of your ETERNAL life!
Now THAT’S my GOD! He is no longer a God who, because He is just, is forced to push His Beloved Ones away. He is a God who calls us each by NAME to His lap on His throne.
Sunday after church I went up to the speaker and hugged her with every fiber of my being and thanked her for giving the message of His heart. He wants us to worship Him.
My friend, do you know what worship is? It’s drawing near to God. It’s touching the hem of His garment, hearing the beat of His heart as you lean against your Papa’s chest and twirl His long white beard in your fingers. It’s singing until there is no breath left in your chest because it’s heaving with sobs of gratitude for being allowed to enter and just be in His presence. It’s lying down on your couch and just thinking about how awesome He is. He DIED for you. No matter what hard or painful things are going on in your life, just that one Truth is enough to bring you to your knees in gratitude if you allow that Truth to sink in and consume your consciousness. He died for YOU. Who else in your life can you say that about? He died so that He wouldn’t have to spend another single day without you in His presence.
And the awesome thing is, through the gift of the Holy Spirit living in your heart, He is with you EVERYWHERE; whether you’re hanging out at the beach or a strip club, at church or a bar. It doesn’t matter where you are, what you’re doing, or who you’re with Jesus is always with you. You need only to acknowledge His presence wherever you are.
And the thing is, the more you acknowledge His presence in your life, and the more time you spend in His Word the more you begin to recognize His voice and feel his gentle (and sometimes not so gentle) nudges. And the more you get to know Him, the more you begin to care about how He feels about you. And the more you care about how God feels about you, the less you care about how others feel about you. Until you get to the point when you can sit on a stage, a weeping sobbing mass of tears and look out at your friends and say to them, “I don’t care what you think of me.” And really mean it.
Suddenly you will find yourself standing next to a giant of a man with an incredibly intimidating voice telling you something that lines up with the letter of the scripture, but not the spirit and simply nod your head and smile at him letting him think you agree when all the while you’re standing there thinking how sorry you feel for him that he just hasn’t discovered that point of Grace yet. You find yourself standing before people in earthy authority over you saying something to you that a few years earlier would have sent you fleeing to your room in tears for weeks, now rolls off your back like water on a duck.
(All personal experiences, by the way.)
I am amazed at how far I have come in four short years of studying the Word of God like a good student studies for finals. I have spent concentrated time in the Word of God and discovered parts of His heart scattered through it like gems in a mine. The more I read the more I find, and the more I realize how little I know. Yet when I look at me and the person I am today I can honestly say that I am not who I used to be. I have been made new! But the funny thing is, I’ve been new all along! It’s just taken me a long time to discover who this new me is and what she looks like and sounds like. And I know that I will continue doing that throughout the rest of my life! And the really cool thing is, I’m Him. The more I discover about Jesus the more I discover about myself. I was made in the image of God! YOU were made in the image of God!
You know how you can try something on at the store and love it. And then try it on again when you get home and it just doesn’t look the same in your mirror at home as it did in the mirror at the store. Usually it’s the angle of the mirror and the difference in lighting that makes things look differently.
So often, Satan tries to get us to look at ourselves through his mirror, through his way of thinking. He plants seeds of Doubt and Shame and Fear into our minds to make us think less of ourselves than we should.
But God wants us to see ourselves through His mirror. He wants us to remember that we were made in God’s image that through the blood of Christ we have been forgiven completely of any wrongdoing that we have or EVER will do. He wants us to remember that we are the children of God Almighty, King of kings and Lord of lords! We were LOVINGLY knit together in our mother’s womb by the hands of the creator of the UNIVERSE with such tender care that each and every one of us is DIFFERENT. God didn’t just stick Adam and Eve into a Xerox machine and hit the copy button, He took the time, and care and love to make each and every one of us individually according to the way HE wanted us to turn out. We’re all fearfully and wonderfully made in His image, yet all DIFFERENT; because, not one of us can accurately portray all of Him at once.
How great is our God that He is ONE God with so many aspects to His character that He has to fill the Earth over and over again with all these different parts of Himself throughout thousands of generations! We’re all pieces of Him!