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The people kept their distance while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was.  Exodus 20:21 MSG

Moses was the rare individual that would not settle for knowing the acts of God but he desired to know His ways. While there are many who will stand at the bottom of the mount wanting someone else to climb the mountain to meet with God and relay the information. There are few who will climb-(exert effort), press past fear and preconceived notions and disappear behind the cloud. It is there that a man meets God. All were invited but only one ascended. Only one who came back with the radiance of God still shining upon him, only one who spoke with God face to face as a friend. The mountain and the invitation awaits ….. Who will climb? Father I know how many obstacles/excuses there are for me to stay at the base of the mountain. My desire and longing is to climb to meet You. Keep that passion at the forefront of all that I do this day!  youversion note

 

its interesting to note in exodus 19 and in this chapter the limits had to be put around the mountain and how only one called man could come and approach God.  the people had to consecrate themselves but even then the mountain was off limits.  God appeared in a dense cloud with fire and thunders and lightenings.  if the people crossed the barrier they would die.

 

contrast to the reality that Jesus is God with flesh, incarnated.

  • The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14

  • Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.  Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.  John 14:8-11

  • The Son is the image of the invisible God.  Colossians 1:15
  • Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,  who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,  but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men  Philippians 2:6-7

Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God.

and the beautiful thing is that He came and dwelt with us, to show us the Father, to demonstrate His love and grace and power.

because of Him we have access and freedom to approach God, just as Moses did : In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. Ephesians 3:12

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  John 1:1-3

 

in the beginning.

the before time.

in the eternity.

in the beginning was God and was Jesus, The Word.

Jesus was with God.  they were together.  with each other.

and Jesus IS God.

Through Jesus all things were created.  All the universe.  All the sky.  All the plants and animals and angels and amazing things we see and dont see. 

Jesus made them all.

There was nothing made that He did not make.

There was nothing made without Him.

 

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.And God said, Let there be light, and there was light.  Genesis 1:1-3

 

In the beginning. I’m sure John is intentional in his choice of words, in the beginning.  linking Genesis and Jesus together. 

 

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  Colossians 1:15-17

 

 

 

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14

 

John 1 says The Word became flesh and dwelled with man. Jesus came and lived with normal humans, as a human himself. The Word became flesh… and moved into the neighbourhood. One of the wonders of what Christmas really means is the reminder that Jesus demonstrates who God is to us.  If we have seen Jesus we have seen the Father.  Jesus made God real and real personal.  He came and dwelled with His creation, He loved and touched and felt and lived.

there’s just something about Jesus.

when He walks into a room people take notice.

He captivates attention.

People of every age and every stage want to be with Him.  near Him.

He’s Jesus.

King of the Universe.  Lord of Lords.

Saviour.

This is extraordinary!    God, creator of the universe, namer of the stars, who spoke and formed the world from nothing, became one of the very creatures He created.  He became a man.   A human! 

 

I’ve been reading Philip Yancey’s THE JESUS I NEVER KNEW so reading John 1 again with fresh eyes makes me fall in love with Jesus even more, makes me more awed by His actions and His coming.  The King of Glory, born.  a child. a baby.  crying.  breastfed.  nappies.  then childhood and adolescence.  into manhood.  Jesus.  our Lord.  touching people.  healing people.  walking with people.  living life.  the glorious and the mundane.

 

 

God so loved the world that He stepped down from a holy throne and became human so that you might touch, see and absorb His grace and, in turn, reflect His glory.  So compelled by our imperfection, perfection became human. @stickyjesus

 

The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish. John 1:14 MSG

 

And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honour, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favour, loving-kindness) and truth. John 1:14 AMP

my son has just become a tool time fan… you know tim the tool man taylor…  Who here are tool time fans. I get bored of seeing the same re- run over and over and over again…. Anyway for those that aren’t fans – at the start of Tool Time Heidi (the token chick presenter girl) comes out in her short shorts and says “Does Everyone Know What Time It Is?”

And that is my question to you – “What time is it?”

For me – my answer is “It’s RESURRECTION TIME”

For so many of us our relationship with God has got old and crusty… it’s being pushed aside with our bibles to gather dust as we are busy with work, friends, studys, social life, tv, family, shopping, sports – life.

Many of us have lost our confidence in God, because of some “issues” in our lives – you know, hurts, disappointments, discouragements, fears, doubts, rejections… basically broken heart and broken soul stuff that we take to God and say FIX – and NOW! And when it seems that the walls are falling down and the sky is falling – it’s often then that God seems the furtherest away.

But – It’s Resurrection Time.

If you could turn to Ezekiel 37 – a familiar story. We’re going to look at two resurrections quickly.

The first, in Ezekiel 37 is about the valley of dry bones.

Eze 37:1 I felt the powerful presence of the LORD, and his spirit took me and set me down in a valley where the ground was covered with bones.

Eze 37:2 He led me all around the valley, and I could see that there were very many bones and that they were very dry.

Eze 37:3 He said to me, “Mortal man, can these bones come back to life?” I replied, “Sovereign LORD, only you can answer that!”

Eze 37:4 He said, “Prophesy to the bones. Tell these dry bones to listen to the word of the LORD.

Eze 37:5 Tell them that I, the Sovereign LORD, am saying to them: I am going to put breath into you and bring you back to life.

Eze 37:6 I will give you sinews and muscles, and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you and bring you back to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.”

The bones were dry and crusty. They were scattered and disjointed. They were a mess!

Most people would look and say “NO WAY” to God’s question.

Can a heart that is old and crusty – a heart that is far away from God be fired up and passionate again? Can a heart that is wounded and afraid, discouraged and disallusioned be confident and free and alive again?

The Lord says Yes! He told Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones – to speak the Word of the Lord to them – and that God himself, God – would give them life – he would put the breath in them, he would give them skin and muscles and life!

Often we try to put ourselves back together. We try to work up our enthusiasm for God. We try to look fired up – when instead our heart is saying “God where are you – I don’t know anymore”. Some of us may even say “I don’t care anymore”.

One thing I know – is that my relationship with God hinges on another resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus – a resurrection that started with a death on the cross on my behalf, to take away everything that seperates me from God, to make me acceptable to him so that we can have relationship – a resurrection that began on the cross, naked, abused, whipped and beaten – that started in a cold dark tomb…

Jesus says in John 11:25 “I am the resurrection and the life.”

His death and resurrection gives us the ability to have relationship with God. It gives us the right to come boldly to the throne of grace in our times of need – when we’re messy and feeling far away from God. He can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine – according to the power – the resurrection power working in us.

Jesus is the one that saves us – and reveals himself to us to keep us in love with him.

So – you’re feeling dead. You’re feeling like a dry bone.

The Lord says “I will give them life. Then they will know that I am the Lord”. Ask Him to come. Ask him to reveal himself again. Prophesy life and breath into your spirit. It all sounds very spiritual and supernatural – that is because it partly is. Your relationship with God is supernatural as well as natural and practical. It is practical though. The practical side is to Ask God. To believe he will come. And then to expect change and to make room for change. To make room for life to com….  irs resurrection time…

IMAGINE WITH ME:

  • Lets really picture this…
  • Jesus is teaching.
  • A rabble of men, young and old, come towards him through the crowds and normal everyday traffic…. Their cloaks and robes are swinging with purpose – they are on a mission. You can feel the tension. You can see the intensity on their faces.

A woman – caught. Was she dishevelled? Was she being dragged against her will? Does she know the sentence by mosaic law for adultery? Is she full of fear and dread? Is she full of shame?


the other day i posted a post on living waters….

On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and shouted, “If you are thirsty, come to me and drink! Have faith in me, and you will have life-giving water flowing from deep inside you, just as the Scriptures say.” John 7:37-38

and someone commented about how prophetic and symbolic what jesus said was and it sparked my mind and spirit… so i’ve been net hopping looking up “water libation ceremony” – and this is what i’ve found…

The Festival of Water Libation

Living Waters

The Festival of Water Libation

Sukkok @ Wikipedia

i believe the bible has layers – not like an onion – but there is context and history that some of us just dont know because we are not a) jewish or b) history scholars… but knowing the history and the context gives more meaning or richness to some passages…  you see knowing about the water libation ceremony gives more meaning and prophetic significance to what Jesus did and said than just how awesome what he sid it… often Jesus says something and the people he spoke to knew exactly what he was referring to and meaning.   i love this about the bible.

i hope you are encouraged to dig into the word and to discover all that God is saying.

John 9:6-7 After Jesus said this, he spit on the ground. He made some mud and smeared it on the man’s eyes. Then he said, “Go and wash off the mud in Siloam Pool.”

The man went and washed in Siloam, which means “One Who Is Sent.” When he had washed off the mud, he could see. Did the blind man know that the name of the pool ment “One That Was Sent”? was there significance – a big picture layer – in the name of the pool? The One That Was Sent – the Messiah, the Sent One, the Annointed One – is the one who heals us and saves us.

How far was it from where Jesus spit on the man to the pool of Siloam?

How long did it take for the blind man to get there?

How did he FEEL on the way to the pool?

Did he wrestle with fears and doubts on the way to the pool?

Was he amazed that Jesus took time to heal a mere begger?

Did you notice: He took clay and made eyes – in the beginning God made man with clay….

On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and shouted, “If you are thirsty, come to me and drink! Have faith in me, and you will have life-giving water flowing from deep inside you, just as the Scriptures say.” John 7:37-38

Jesus answered, “You don’t know what God wants to give you, and you don’t know who is asking you for a drink. If you did, you would ask me for the water that gives life.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. Where are you going to get this life-giving water? Our ancestor Jacob dug this well for us, and his family and animals got water from it. Are you greater than Jacob?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again. But no one who drinks the water I give will ever be thirsty again. The water I give is like a flowing fountain that gives eternal life.” John 4:10-15

God satisfies. He satisfies every need and emptiness we can feel. He gives us peace for our restlessness, hope for our hopelessness, purpose for our present. He walks with us in the storms of life giving us comfort and perspective. We fix our eyes upon him and live our life for him and his glory. He fills us with his Holy Spirit and we never will be alone or empty again. Are you feeling dry? Jesus promises that we will have life giving water flowing from deep within, from within our spirit. The source is Jesus. He is the one who gives the water.

What stops the water flowing in our lives?

But no one who drinks the water I give will ever be thirsty again. The water I give is like a flowing fountain that gives eternal life.” The woman replied, “Sir, please give me a drink of that water! Then I won’t get thirsty and have to come to this well again.” Jesus told her, “Go and bring your husband.” The woman answered, “I don’t have a husband.” “That’s right,” Jesus replied, “you’re telling the truth. You don’t have a husband. You have already been married five times, and the man you are now living with isn’t your husband.” The woman said, “Sir, I can see that you are a prophet. My ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews say Jerusalem is the only place to worship.” Jesus said to her: Believe me, the time is coming when you won’t worship the Father either on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans don’t really know the one you worship. But we Jews do know the God we worship, and by using us, God will save the world. But a time is coming, and it is already here! Even now the true worshipers are being led by the Spirit to worship the Father according to the truth. These are the ones the Father is seeking to worship him. God is Spirit, and those who worship God must be led by the Spirit to worship him according to the truth. The woman said, “I know that the Messiah will come. He is the one we call Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” “I am that one,” Jesus told her, “and I am speaking to you now.”

Jesus told the samaratian woman about the water he offers and then challenges her about her lifestyle and heart condition. She responds by revealing her desire to know the true God…. For more than just religion and rules and restrictions… but to know God in truth and to worship him… to know the Messiah who would write on their hearts and make them God’s children and God their God… What stops the water flowing? When we don’t relate to God, when we are separated from him by sin and restriction, when we have drawn away.

Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. As we develop our relationship with God we are like the trees psalm 1 talks about, planted by the streams, fruitful, growing, established, strong, alive.

The Pharisees and the teachers of the Law of Moses brought in a woman who had been caught in bed with a man who wasn’t her husband. They made her stand in the middle of the crowd.   Then they said, “Teacher, this woman was caught sleeping with a man who isn’t her husband.   The Law of Moses teaches that a woman like this should be stoned to death! What do you say?”   They asked Jesus this question, because they wanted to test him and bring some charge against him. But Jesus simply bent over and started writing on the ground with his finger.   They kept on asking Jesus about the woman. Finally, he stood up and said, “If any of you have never sinned, then go ahead and throw the first stone at her!”  Once again he bent over and began writing on the ground.  The people left one by one, beginning with the oldest. Finally, Jesus and the woman were there alone.   Jesus stood up and asked her, “Where is everyone? Isn’t there anyone left to accuse you?”   “No sir,” the woman answered. Then Jesus told her, “I am not going to accuse you either. You may go now, but don’t sin anymore.”   John 3:8-11

Did you notice that Jesus was the only one there who had done no sin and so by right could have cast the first stone and stoned her to death?

Did you notice that he did not?

Did you notice that he forgave her and set her free and changed her life?

Did you notice his love and compassion and grace and mercy?

Did you notice his authority and power and truth and justice?

“Only God’s Spirit can change you into a child of God” John 3:6

Matthew 20:20-21 “the mother of James and John came to Jesus with her two sons.  She knelt down and started begging him to do something for her.  Jesus asked her what she wanted and she said “when you come into your kingdom please let one of my sons sit at your right side and the other on your left.”

 

Often we read this and criticize James and John’s mother for been ambitious and rude and selfish.  She’s a pushy woman we think.  But really how many of OUR prayers would fall into the same category (aka dumb prayers!).  we pray for good carparks, new tv, red shoes, a good discount… are these things important?  Yes and no.  yes because I reckon it is okay to pray about them and EVERYTHING.  But no, because often that is ALL we pray for and we neglect to pray for things that really matter – salvations, open hearts, healings, restoration, revival, revelation…  their mother BEGGED at Jesus.  Are we begging and passionate in any of our prayers?  Lets get a heavenly perspective.  Lets get God’s perspective on life and pray and beg and seek his face and his ways.

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