Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Holy of Holies

This morning when I spent time with Jesus, he reminded me that my body houses the Holy Spirit and that my spirit is the Holy of Holies where I can worship and commune with him any time day or night.

The idea seemed to become reality as I sensed a level of his presence that I don't often experience. Even though I didn't see anything in particular, I was aware of God's majestic invitation to enter into this area of worship with him.

I started to think about the difference of being a New Testament follower versus an Old Testament Jew. The Jewish priests only went into the Holy of Holies one time per year, and only one person went at a time. So, that means that a priest maybe experienced the Holy of Holies once in a lifetime.

Compare that to our invitation: to come into the Holy of Holies any moment of any day.

This is what Jesus accomplished when he died and became resurrected. We are given access to areas that the saints throughout generations only dreams about.

Hebrews 11 says this:
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance.

The chapter finishes with:
These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

These great heroes of faith could only look forward and dream about the opportunity that we have to relate to God on a more personal and accessible basis. We are invited into the throne room with Jesus.

I ache for the Church, for Missio Lux, to recognize, accept and live out this truth. I believe that when we truly begin to understand what God has invited us to experientially, our faith will take off in ways that we never dreamed possible.

Jesus is the something better. He is the Great High Priest who has provided the access. Let's meditate on the words of Hebrews 10:
And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him.

Take a few minutes to enter into the presence of God with this song Here in Your Presence with New Life Worship. Click here to Link to the Video on YouTube.

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