Dear Sisters and Brothers in Jesus the Christ,

God Became a Human1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, (1Jn 1:2 [NLT]) and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. (Col 1:16 [NLT]) . . . 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, (Heb 1:2 [NLT]) the world did not recognize Him. 11 He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. 12 Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God (Gal 3:26 [NLT]) 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. (John 3:6 [NLT]; 1Pe 1:23 [NLT]).     John 1:1-3,10-13 (NIV)

Sin is unable to survive in the presence of the Sovereign LORD; hence fallen man wasn’t able to worship God up close and personal. Rather, there were “purity laws”, “rules for daily living” and “instructions for feasts” (in celebratory thanksgiving to God) established so that the unholy or fallen man might approach or access or commune with God from the “Holy of Holies”. All of this was lead via those chosen by God. More specifically, the Prophets (i.e., Moses, Deborah, Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, Joel, Jonah, Amos, Hosea, Micah, Isaiah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Habakkuk, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi)  through whom God spoke until the Lord Jesus; and those called by God (i.e., Levites, priests) who “instructed people in their worship” as well as ceremony. Yet the LORD God Almighty desired to be up close and personal with each one of us. In other words, God desires a personal relationship with all those created in His likeness (Genesis 1:26-27). Therefore, God sent His Only Begotten Son – JESUS/YESHUA, “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14b). And this Jesus, who is God the Son, agreed to the will of God the Father: leaving the very presence of Him who He had always been with from the beginning (John 1:1); being born as a man through a woman yet without sin by the power of God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:35); sacrificing His lifeblood to redeem fallen man (Ephesians 1:7); and having faith that upon descending into the very depths of Hell to take back the keys of death & Hades (Revelation 1:18) Abba Father would use His “incomparably great power” to raise Him from the dead (Ephesians 1:19-20). As it is written, that same power is toward each of us who “believe we receive the finished work of abundance and supply in our lives by the finished work of Christ Jesus” because all who come to God through Christ Jesus are co-heirs (Romans 8:17). The blood of Jesus renders all who Joel 2:32 or Acts 2:21 or Romans 10:9-13, children of the LORD God Almighty with all rights and privileges restored. By the abundant grace of God and the love of our Lord Jesus’ we are reconciled into the Family of God; and He who is Sovereign, Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent is Our Father with Whom we may be up close and personal.  

Speak the promise . . . Harriet

Zondervan. (2005). Life Application Study Bible: New International Version. Wheaton IL:Tyndale House  Publishers.