Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"The Heart"

    The most beautiful reality that ever graced planet earth was the heart of the Lord Jesus Christ.  

    "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.  And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross" (Philippians 2:5-8).

    Beautiful scenes, sounds, fragrances, flavors, and textures bless us in world "full of the goodness of the Lord" (Psalm 33:5).  None, however, compare with The Heart.  Nothing does.  Nothing can.  The Creator of all goodness took upon Himself a human temple that had "no form nor comeliness", and "no beauty that we should desire Him" (Isaiah 53:2).  Thus, He shined all the more beautifully as Glory enrobed itself with Humility.  This He chose to do in loving submission to His Father, and in loving salvation for us.  Yes,  someone has lived on this planet who perfectly loved God and humanity at the greatest cost to Himself.  Of no one else can this be said, and no other wonder we can imagine begins to compare with this most beautiful reality, this most beautiful Heart.

   "One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple" (Psalm 27:4).

    The Psalmist who knew so little of the Lord Jesus compared to us nevertheless realized that beholding his Lord's beauty comprised a lifelong pursuit of seeking.  We must join David, especially since we live in the post-Incarnation age of knowing the Lord Jesus in the light of the indwelling Holy Spirit, the completed Scriptures, and the fellowship of the church.  We may behold  The Heart in far greater measure than David could ever have dreamed.  This day offers to us the opportunity of a lifetime.   Indeed, when the sun goes down on December 15, 2015, we can know the Lord Jesus better than we did when the day began.  By His Spirit, we can respond in love, faith, devotion, and obedience.  Nothing will compare, in this day or forevermore, with such grace and truth offered, received, and assimilated.  Because nothing compares with The Heart.  And nothing can.

"He is altogether lovely."
(Song of Solomon 5:16)
"Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
(II Peter 3:18)

Weekly Memory Verse
    "Come unto Me, all ye that are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
(Matthew 11:28)

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