"Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off.
And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.” Exo 20: 18-20
God came in that way to the Israelites of old so they could fear Him and stay away from sin. The people stood afar off when they saw the smoke, lightings and heard the sound of the trumpet but the precious blood of Jesus has brought us so close to God. We can now run to this same God who came down with thunderings and mountain smokes and cry "Abba Father" and He welcomes us with open arms.
God has come to us today through Jesus Christ who is full of unfailing love and truth so we could serve and obey Him from a place of love for Him not fear.
"For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ." Jh 1:17
Listen to what Jesus Christ told His first disciples and is still saying to us today in John 14:15 "If you love Me, keep My commandments."
Our desire to spend time with Him should come from a place of love for Him.
The 10 commandments are summed into two commandments; love your God and love your neigbour. We can also say all the instructions (laws) in the Bible equals to Loving God and loving each other.
One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: "Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22: 35-40
Our desire to walk in obedience to His commandments (not willfully sinning or living in sin) should come a place of love for Him. Just like we wouldn't want to purposely do bad or hurt a person we profess to truly love from the heart, if we love Him, let's not hurt Him. When we willfully sin, we break His heart.
The Father gave His all (His Only Son) for you. Jesus Christ (the Son) gave you Himself. He desires to walk closely with you, He desires to spend time with you, He desires to do your daily life with you. His blood has brought you so close to God. You are now a child of God! He is madly in love with you and nothing you have done or will do can separate you from His love. For He has loved you with an ever lasting love. Jer 31:3
This is not to mean that we don't reverence Him. He is still God who is powerful and mighty. Just the same way our earthly parents love, laugh and play with us, we know to also reverence (respect) them. As we draw closer to Him, we see Him as both the Lion (The Great King) and the Lamb (The Reckless Lover).
When we stumble, we must ALWAYS run back to Him immediately not away from Him. His arms are forever open towards us in love and our sins and iniquities He forgives and remembers no more. When He disciplines us, it's because He loves us and wants us to grow so that some day we will reign with Him. If the rod is spared, we shall be spolit children.
"For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Heb 12:6-11
He became a holy sacrifice for you and I so we could spend forever with Him and the Father. Imagine for a second if God didn't give us Jesus Christ and Christ Himself didn't willingly die for us, our fate would have been to spend life here and eternity with Satan in the lake of fire forever. The choice of this man called Jesus Christ has changed the course of humanity forever!
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13
He gave up His own will for us. Most times, we tend to focus on the truth that He is God and we forget that He was 100% human too! He had blood in His veins. He ate food like we do, He used the rest room when needed, He slept, He prayed to the Father like we do. He felt pain just like we do, He cried just like we cry. He sweated like we sweat. He was one of us with flesh and blood, He had lungs and kidneys. He laughed like we laugh. He was hungry too. He committed NO crime, yet, He decided to take up the punishment you and I deserved and give us a new life with Him and the Father. And now in Him, we have a faithful High Priest. All the pain we feel, He can identify with us because He has been there! We have a defender in Him.
Am thankful to Him for dying for us, for I know that some day I will see all my loved ones who are sleeping (died) in Christ. Truly, we can boldly say "death where is your sting?" For Christ Himself has conquered death for us once and for all.
This man called Jesus Christ bled , cried out in pain, was thirsty, was tired, fell to the ground as he carried the cross, He was pushed, slapped, mocked, naked, beaten with lead-tipped whip, a crown of thorns (sharp spikes) was placed on His head, He was exposed to extreme cold and heat and died of a ruptured heart just for you and I while we were His worst enemy. He is such a passionate and reckless lover. He is jealous for us. He wants you totally to Himself. His eyes are like a flame of fire (burning with passion for you).
There is nothing has beautiful and satisfying as knowing Him and being with Him. King David knew this and wrote: "Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him." Ps 34:8
The created slapped and mocked the Creator. "He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not His mouth." Isa 53:7
I pray that our eyes be opened to see what He did for us. When we truly behold what He did on Calvary for us through the help of the Holy Spirit, then will our hearts wake up to passionately loving Him in return.
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. Luke 7:47
Mary Madaglene knew how great she was loved and forgiven for her many sins and she loved Him much in return.
In any meaningful relationship, we desire our partners more than the things they give us or do for us. It is possible to give gifts and do things for our partners but not give ourselves to them. He desires we give Him our hearts more than anything we give to Him or do for Him.
His commandments are not grievous instead they lead to life.
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 1Jhn 5:1-3
After Peter denied the Lord, in His tender mercies the Lord appeared to Peter in John 21, the Lord's question to Peter before asking him to preach His words were 'Do you love Me?'
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."
Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep."
The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep." Jhn 21:15-17
And this is still the question to every believer today, 'do you love Him more than these?' Keep His commandments.
Father, I thank You for the gift of Your dear Son who came to show me Your unfailing love. Help me to love You passionately, for without You, I can't love You. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Jh 15:5