Love in Him!
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.
And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
Matthew 3:16,17 and 4:17
I am not going to say that “Heaven” is not some otherly place, I am going to say this; “It does not have to be”… I believe the Bible makes it clear that Heaven is where God dwells… Do you agree?
I also think the Bible makes it clear that God resides with His people, and inside His children.
This latter thought is not expressed very well today in modern preaching. We mainly hear about ..going to Heaven or Hell after death, ..going to be with Jesus, ..going to be with those who have gone before us and so on… But, is this really what the Bible teaches?
~ Let’s Explore ~
Let’s look at two verses…
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. —Isaiah 7:14 (OT)
And then around 700 years later..
Again, I would like to remind you and myself of this, ..Immanuel.. is a Hebrew word which means: “God with us” …Both of the above verses say basically the same thing, however they were written centuries apart. The verse recorded in the New Testament by Matthew is there to show us that the prophecy given by Isaiah in the Old Testament has been fulfilled. …When was it fulfilled..? ..When Jesus was born in Bethlehem..
I’m not going to start listing all the scriptures which say that God lives with us and in us. There would be far too many to list on this post.. and you would miss all the fun of looking them up and discovering them for yourself. ..I do hope you will take time someday to do this… It might change your mind as well as your world.. The Old and New Testaments both contain numerous verses letting us know where God lives.
It seems we speak much today of Jesus as being somewhere other than ‘in us and with us.’ I’m not sure why this is, ..unless it is simply because we do not feel apart, or as close to Him as we should or could? ..Maybe it’s because we have just not been taught the simple truth.? ..I hear statements like; “Come to Jesus”… “Ask Jesus to come into your heart”… “Ask Jesus to reach out and take you by the hand”… and other such clichés…. I am sure you have heard them too..? They seem to suggest that Jesus is somewhere other than where we are.
You see, when Jesus was born in Bethlehem that was the “Main Event” of all time and eternity. This is when God moved into our neighborhood and took up permanent residence. …He has never left!… Heaven moved to earth and has made His home with us… I’m I saying Jesus is Heaven?… Is His name Immanuel?…
I will let you decide that for yourself…
Read your bible, especially the New Testament, and even more specifically the Gospel of John the Apostle.. Concentrate for awhile on what John says about Jesus. Pay attention to how John describes Jesus as “The Word of God”… remember as you read, John was the “beloved disciple”… Jesus is the “beloved Son of God.” …One more hint.. and I hope it does not confuse you.. “David” means “beloved” also.. He was the “Beloved King of Israel” in the Old Testament. ..Your Bible is packed full of hints and clues to show you ‘truths’ that are not noticed with just a casual reading… There are so many things in the Scriptures that only become clear as one continues to “explore”… and as I have said before, these treasures are hidden for us to discover… not hidden from us ..but hidden for us!
I will close now, but before I do let me say: “Heaven is wherever Jesus is. ..Jesus is the Paradise of Heaven, ..Jesus is the Garden of Eden, ..Jesus is the “tree of Life”.. in the Garden of our God… Find Him and you find Heaven too!!! ..He is with you right were you are. He is here Today… He is here NOW..”
Love in Him!
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”