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Love and the Final Solution

No longer Death. When Love Kissed Us Instead.


This is a letter written as a personal response to what I have met and observed this year - from shame to depression and working for approval, identity issues, and purpose.  The root revelation here signaled major change in my own life July, 2012.  


What was the significance of Jesus' birth?

Love came down and put on my shoes. He put on my skin to walk where I was; To feel what I felt. To understand His creation from their level.  When Jesus entered earth through the door of a woman's womb, He was already on His way to the cross.  He was headed to propose covenant between God and Man.  Yet, does the Christ-ian recognize the nature of this relationship? (John 17:19-24, Ephesians 5:25-32) Do you realize you were the one that was sought after; and pursued? (Ezekiel 16:6-13)


What really happened at Jesus' birth?  There are many facets to a diamond: Your sin nature was an issue that spelled severance from God.  But sin was addressed and the solution given that night - only Jesus' blood could wash it white. (Isaiah 1:18)  On Jesus, God's judgment would fall - (in place of you).  The case was over as far as He was concerned. (Romans 5:8-11) The argument against you, He put behind Him and welcomed you with peace and good will (to bless and not curse you).  (Jeremiah 29:11-14, Luke 2:10-14)  


What happened at Jesus' birth is the answer to the question:

"Is God going to break my leg to teach me something?"


I am going to make a bold statement and then lay out the tracks.  "NO!  God is no longer responsible for the bad things that happen to people.  

At Christ's Birth, Love came down to prepare a proposal. A covenant where the two become one and you are nourished and cherished as God's own Body."  (Ephesians 5:25-32)

Your mouth may well be dropped so wide it's touching earth!  But please, let me show you what I found.  

Ephesians 5:29-32 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.  (NKJ)

Would you break your arm to teach it not to drop things? If God compares this covenant with the nature of a body being one then He doesn’t put sickness on His own flesh; or unhome it.  He doesn’t kill His babies (yours)!    

A covenant was offered in salvation. God made His mind up about you forever and wears rings His in both hands for all eternity where the nail holes inscribed it. (Isaiah 49:15-16)

What was your response?


People have said: "You never know what God is going to do.  He killed all those people in the old testament!"  Most people are confused and can't answer this!  

In a nutshell:  God is Holy and sin is unholy, therefore, sin demands judgment for God to be Just. (Romans 6:22-23)  Man sinned, thus God had to pour wrath out on him prior to Jesus.  But this was not ok with God, because it meant destroying what He loved. (John 3:16) NOTICE from the Beginning when man first sinned: that separation was immediately not ok.  "Adam, Adam!  Where are you??"   He came Himself, He didn't send Gabriel.  Still, man's sin required blood...  Did you ever observe, God killed an animal instead?  A "covering" for man?   (Genesis 3:21)  A promise and foreshadow of Jesus. (Genesis 3:15)

       

John 3:16-17 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  (NKJ)


BLOOD & COVENANTS

God had a plan. (I Peter 1:18-21) Follow me briefly through the first covenant that paved the plan for the relationship covenant via Jesus’ blood.


(Romans 3:20-27)When God gave the law to Moses, it was not rules to win His approval.  Like: "If you want Me to love you, here's the list - If you fail, I'll be mad!" (Man was already the apple of God's eye, and God wanted him back)   

NO!  The purpose of the law was this: To show that man needed a savior from his sin nature.  

A mule can't run like a horse; it's the altered genetics.  Man's spiritual genetics were altered by Adam’s sin and God knew we couldn't win.  (We needed to be a pure, new creation.  2 Corinthians 5:17)

 

Of course man would fail, and sin would still demand judgment.  So look what Love did:  With the law, God IMMEDIATELY instituted blood sacrifices.  Why?  He never wanted to destroy man!  The Priest would lay their hands on the head of the sacrifice, symbolically transferring that man's sin onto the body of the sacrifice.  Thus, God could judge their sin on the lamb instead.  The priest would then sprinkle the man with sinless blood of the sacrifice (as a covering) (Exodus 24:4-8, Leviticus 8).  And God looked at the man through the blood of that innocent lamb.  So from sacrifice to sacrifice, he obtained a covering. (read Leviticus & Hebrews)



Do you see the significance of Jesus' birth as the permanent sacrifice?  

God had to judge sin.  When they turned to idols instead of the sacrifice, there was no blood to receive the judgment for them - they received it.  

That blood was pointing, painting a shadow of Jesus, the final sacrifice. The Lamb provided by God. (John 1:29) His blood was poured out for your sin; if refused, there is no other sacrifice to receive the judgment for you.  Jesus was the Final Solution.  (read John 14:6, Hebrews 8:7-13)

But Christ came ... Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. - Hebrews 9:11-15  (NKJ)  


Even in the transitory period, God's love burned for man to spare him through the blood:  

2 Chronicles 36:15  And the LORD God... sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people... (NKJ)

Ezekiel 33:11  "Say to them: 'As I live,' says the Lord GOD, 'I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?' (NKJ)


The covenant proposal: Love burned for you and gave His own blood! It was the Final Solution to sin and the proposal to covenant. Intimate friendship and partnership.

Jesus' birth, death, and resurrection is closure to the question: "Is God mad at me?"   Isaiah 54:8-10 With a little wrath I hid My face from (Jesus) for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you (His Body)," says the LORD, your Redeemer.  "For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.  (because God poured out the wrath you deserved on the Sacrifice instead)  For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has mercy on you.  (NKJ)  


* Why are you trying to earn His love? His Approval. His Favor... You already had it in your worst state.   Romans 5:10  "For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life." (NKJ)    You're wearing yourself out.  Believe He loves you, friend?  God isn't the personalities you have met in life.  Love met the most intensive need you had.  Therefore you can trust Him with every room in your heart.  If God were going to hold something back, it would have been Jesus - not money, healing, direction, a house, or even the Holy Spirit.  Look what He did to get you!


Wake up! God is Love - not an angry, manipulative authority.  When you fall in love with someone, you want to be with them and please them.  You look for ways to surprise them... It's no chore –  It's a two way exchange; a picture of you and God as intended.  The happiest place in my life is when I am gazing into His eyes.  My heart settles because I know Him - and I want to know Him in each room of my heart. (I John 4:18)

Listen, if you've messed up somewhere, confess it to Him.  He swore to forgive you and to guide you into success. (I John 1:9)   For the Christian, nothing can separate you from God. (Romans 8)



To the Beloved Sinner:

The end of your life is coming, and God will ask you, "What did you do with Jesus’ Blood?"   Your choice must be made this side of hell.  If you didn't accept the final sacrifice, judgment is still due sin.  Love gave the solution.  Romans 10:9-10


You’ve tracked this from the Beginning.  The Bible talks about the end too. Revelations 8:1 God is about to open the seventh seal, and He took it very seriously.  He knew He had to pour out the judgment on those who rejected Jesus' blood.  But this was not funny. All the way to the extreme last He had earnestly called and warned.  

God, Himself, had to take a time out.  And there was complete silence in heaven for the span of a half hour.  (A day is as a thousand years in heaven)  God stopped everything, even the worship.  He took seriously what was about to happen.  

The sad part, a way of escape had been made.  


* Hebrews 10:29,31

29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled (Jesus) the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (NKJ)


* 1 Peter 1:18-21 knowing that you were...redeemed... with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.  (NKJ)



* I John 4:9-10

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  (NKJ)



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