Power of the Son
The other day as I was driving home, the sun was setting and it was AMAZING! The bright orange mass tempted me to take a peek. I did! Just a quick one, knowing it could damage my eyes. Just SO tempting! I longed to pull my car over and just stare directly at it as it set. It was spectacular!
As I drove on, I thought about how amazing the sun is and how it brings life to our tiny planet. It also has the potential to bring great destruction! But it doesn’t, it gives such great life! I suppose living in the Pacific Northwest's Willamette Valley, I tend to yearn for the sun since it can be so illusive, hiding behind rain clouds so much.
Then I had this “aha” moment…The Bible often speaks of having the fear of God. God is SO pure, so beyond our minds comprehension in His vastness, we couldn’t possibly be in HIS presence! I mean if the sun could damage our eyes from looking at it, how much more would our entire being be if we were in the presence of GOD? He knows that, and has protected us from that. I long to be in Gods presence, yet, to really be there is a bit scary if I put it into this train of thought! Yet, JESUS!!! HE made a way for us to actually have GODs Spirit live inside of us! THAT much power and might and beauty and wisdom, and goodness and … so much! Yet we don’t explode! How is that possible?
I am by NO means scientific. But…I am just wondering if when Jesus died and conquered our sins, washing us clean… maybe that changes something in our bodies to connect with God in such a way that allows us to receive Him, to be in His presence? Because someday when we shed these earthly bodies we will actually be in Heaven where Gods presence is THE light! So, in a sense, we have a taste of heaven right now when we accept what Jesus did, His Spirit lives in us!
As I had longed to stop and stare at the sun, how much more does my entire being desire to stop and “stare” at THE Son?
Verses to ponder:
I Corinthians 15:48-57~Earthly people are like the earthly man, and heavenly people are like the heavenly man. 49 Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like the heavenly man.
50 What I am saying, dear ones, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever.
51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.
54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 9:24-28~For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf. 25 And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal. 26 If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age[k] to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice.27 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment,28 so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.
Matthew 17:2~As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as light.
Romans 12:2~Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 8:23-27~Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies, 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercede for us through worlds groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
Revelation 21:22-27~I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light. 24 The nations will walk in its light, and the kings of the world will enter the city in all their glory. 25 Its gates will never be closed at the end of the day because there is no night there. 26 And all the nations will bring their glory and honor into the city. 27 Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty - but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.