Heartburn #3 "Christ in Me & The Hope of Glory"
Over the month of December Young Adults on Wednesday night have been talking about the significance of Jesus' birth. Take time to read a small recap or click here for a video on “Christ in me.”
1. Christ in Me
There is nothing on God's side that prevents us from coming into his presence.
In the Old Testament, God's presence was accessed through a process of sacrifices and rituals. God’s presence was found in the tabernacle in Exodus 26. A defining feature of the tabernacle was a veil that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place (or Holy of Holies) where God's presence dwelt. Only the High Priest one day a year could enter the Most Holy Place and be in God's presence.
Then a defining moment in history happened. God sent his own son Jesus. In the midst of darkness, Jesus became the hope of being close to God. Jesus was born to restore, heal, and make new the things that were broken. Jesus died to be the perfect sacrifice once and for all so that we can enter into the presence of God at all times. No longer is there a veil that separates people from the presence of God. When Jesus died, “at that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split.” (Matthew 27:51).
There is nothing on God's side that prevents us from entering into his presence. God no longer meets people in a holy place. Rather through Jesus, God's presence dwells in you. Jesus brings us the gift of life. The veils we encounter now are no longer ones hanging in a temple. The veils are found over our heart through our own wrongdoing (sin). The awesome thing is that God sent his son to set us free from our mess. I encourage you to make receiving that gift a daily prayer.
Jesus, forgive me for __________.
I receive your love and believe that you make me new.
Experience how Jesus rips through the veils over our heart and sense the rush of God's presence flowing into your life.
2. The Hope of Glory
What’s awesome is that when we accept the gift of Jesus in our lives he gives us freedom. Jesus uses the freedom we receive to share the same hope with others around that are living in darkness. He also takes what we think are broken useless parts of our lives and transforms them into tools to reach others. Accept the unique story of your life. "God custom-designed you with your unique combination of personality, temperament, talents, and backgrounds, and He wants to harness and use these in his mission to reach this messed-up world." (Becoming a Contagious Christian, p.122).
Pray that God would bring people and opportunities your way to share the real meaning of Christmas this season. What person is he bringing to your mind? Begin to pray.
As dark as life may seem, Jesus is our hope. He gives us freedom here on earth and a home in heaven. He is alive in you. Share the reality of Jesus and our hope in him. Click here for "You're Beautiful by Phil Wickham."
"To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Colossians 1:27).