I Have Found Him Whom My Soul Loves!

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“In Him Was Life; and The Life Was The Light Of ALL.” John 1:4

This article is my testimony,  my witness.  (1 John 1;1-3). Its about Jesus, in my life. (1 John 5:11-12).

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Because of what I have learned about Jesus, I can honestly and faithfully say:

“Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.” Micah 7:8.

The Bible says we are not to keep this Light under a bushel, (Luke 11:33); so this devotional is “to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:79).

God is love. (1 Jo.4:8)

His Family, the Holy Trinity,(1 John 5:7) love each other with almost unthinkable, fervent love.(Isa 55:8-9, Jo.17:21-23) God’s love is always searching for more objects to love. The highest aim of God’s love is to give.(Phil 2:3-4). Therefore, He created vast numbers of galaxies containing numerous planets inhabited with beings who have never sinned.

“That stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.” Isaiah 40:22. “He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited.” Isaiah 45:18. “Rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them.” Revelation 12:12. “All the sons of God shouted for joy.” Job 38:7.

God loves all the beings in His whole creation, and He longs for their love in return. The Bible says that “God is love;” and that “Love never fails.”
(1 Cor 13:8, 1 John 4:8)

I. PEOPLE WITHDRAW THEIR LOVE FROM GOD

A. Most Angels And All The Other Intelligent Beings Remained Faithful.

After the “war in heaven,” where one third of the angels sided with Lucifer, two thirds of the angels plus the multitudes of other intelligent beings inhabiting the different galaxies chose to always remain faithful to God. (Rev.12:3-9). Of mankind, the Bible says: “…Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you,” (Isaiah 59:2). Angels are sometimes called “ministering spirits.” Hebrews 1:14. They differ from the human race in that they do not know our type of family life. (Matthew 22:30). Nor have they ever experienced physical suffering or death.

B. We Were All Made In The Image Of God.

Jesus Christ created people for fellowship with Himself. He formed him in a skilled fashion, unparalleled to anything else; and all from the elements of the earth. When Christ made the first man, He breathed His own life into Adam. The book of Revelation describes the fulfillment of God’s purpose for man. The closing chapters direct our eyes of faith to the wonderful City of God, New Jerusalem, descending to this earth at the close of the millennium. She is called the bride, or wife, of the Lamb. (Revelation 21:2,9,10).

The bride, or wife, of the Lamb is not the city buildings but the children of God living in that city. They are the redeemed since creation. They are the ones bought by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. The city was built by God Himself. (Hebrews 11:10,16). The intimate marriage relation between husband and wife is used symbolically to give a fitting description of the perfect spiritual unity existing between Jesus Christ and His redeemed. It portrays the spiritual, love relationship between Deity and humanity. (Ephesians 5:25-27,32).

UNITY OF THE DIVINE AND THE HUMAN!

What an amazing thought! Just as Jacob left his home to go to a faraway country where he served many years to obtain a wife (Hosea 12:12), so Jesus Christ left His Father in heaven to come to this earth in the form of man. The Bible said to call Him Immanuel, meaning “God with us.” Jesus also worked among us as a servant in order to obtain a bride, a wife for Himself, namely the church.

In Bible prophecy, Christ redeems the Church with His own blood.(Rev.5:9). This is why prophecy that only has “predictions” will “fail.” (see 1 Cor 13:8). All prophecy is about Jesus. And all prophecy tells us how Jesus Christ wishes that every man and woman, every married couple, every child should understand that One infinitely more excellent and more desirable than fallen people is wooing them. He wants all of us to know that He longs for our love, that He wishes to have a deeper and closer union with us than is even possible between two people in marriage.

Our Highest Purpose

My wife always prompts me to what she calls “the highest Light,” or “one step better,” whenever I get all wound up over something.  The highest purpose of our life is to recognize this longing in the heart of God and to give ourselves wholly to Him. This is salvation. (Hosea 2:19, 20. Revelation 19:7, 9)

“19 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving kindness, and in mercies. 20 I will even betroth theeunto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD. 7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. 9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.”

Jesus revealed in Matthew 22:30 that there will be no marriage relation in heaven as we know it here on earth. God’s visible presence will be the fulfillment of our deepest desire. We will be totally secure in Him. He will be the center of attraction and the object of adoration of the redeemed:

“The great controversy is ended. Sin and sinners are no more. The entire universe is clean. One pulse of harmony and gladness beats through the vast Creation. From Him who created all, flow life and light and gladness, throughout the realms of illimitable space. From the minutest atom to the greatest world, all things, animate and inanimate, in their unshadowed beauty and perfect joy, declare that God is love.” (GC.678.003).

God Is In The Active Business Of Saving Souls (John 3:17-19)

We are told how “I the Lord thy God am a jealous God.” Exodus 20:5. God is jealous when we do not give Him our first love. “I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice.” (Hosea 6:6, RSV). “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” (Matthew 22:37).

“I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Me.” (Proverbs 8:17). “My child, give Me your heart, and let your eyes observe My ways.” (Proverbs 23:26, RSV).”That the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

In the light of the Savior’s life, the hearts of all, even from the Creator to the prince of darkness are revealed. (John 1:4,3:20-21). Satan has represented God as selfish and oppressive, as claiming all, and giving nothing, as requiring the service of His creatures for His own glory, and making no sacrifice for their good. But the gift of Christ reveals the Father’s heart. (Rom 3:26). It testifies that the thoughts of God toward us are “thoughts of peace, and not of evil.” (Jer 29:11). It declares that while God’s hatred of sin is as strong as death, His love for the sinner is stronger than death. Having undertaken our redemption, He will spare nothing, however precious, which is necessary to the completion of His work.

No truth essential to our salvation is withheld, no miracle of mercy is neglected, no divine agency is left unemployed. Divine Favour is heaped upon Divine Favour, gift upon gift. The whole treasury of heaven is open to those whom He seeks to save. Having collected the riches of the universe, and laid open the resources of infinite power, He gives them all into the hands of Christ, and says: “All these are for man. Use these gifts to convince him that there is no love greater than Mine in earth or heaven.”

Our Father’s greatest happiness will be found in loving Me. (DA.057.001).

When Eve sinned by violating the express command of God not to partake of the fruit of the tree, Adam decided to follow her into death rather than give her up. Adam’s choice to desert Christ and follow Eve into sin deeply disappointed Jesus; but there existed already a plan to use the love relationship of marriage, as an example of His love for the church:

“Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you; and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:” (Jer.3:14).

C. OUR Choice Of Sin And Satan Is Spiritual Adultery.

When Adam and Eve chose to follow Satan’s advice and rebel against God, it produced a separation between God and man. Adam and Eve went into the camp of the enemy of God. They became spiritual fornicators. “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?” (James 4:4).

Today, people still divorce themselves from God – even some in the church have separated from “Him with whom we have to do.” (Heb.4:13). But, God knows all about it, and the affairs of nations, and individuals remain under His sovereign control. (Psalms 75:7, Dan 2:21). The fruit of the spiritual union between man and Satan IS a humanity burdened with a sinful nature.

“Sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all people because all of us have sinned.” (Romans 5:12, RSV). “I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.” (1 Corinthians 10:20). Adam’s and Eve’s choice of Satan filled Christ’s heart with sadness and with a longing to win the people back to Himself. (See Jeremiah 31:3). “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.” {with lovingkindness…: have I extended lovingkindness unto thee}.

Since this original fall, multitudes of men and women have followed suit, and withheld their love from Christ. Like Adam , hiding in the garden from God; (Gen.3:9), we now hide from God – even in the Church. We avoid or reject the change (2 Cor.5:17) that comes from spending time at Calvary. (“Where were you when they crucified my Lord?”). There is an essential work before us to subdue the pride and vanity that seek a place in our hearts, telling us to hide ourselves from God in many ways; but through penitence and faith God provides for us to bring ourselves into familiar and holy converse with Christ. We do not need to shrink from the depths of humiliation to which the Son of God submitted in order to raise us from the degradation and bondage of sin to a seat at His right hand.

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We must deny self, and fight continually against the pride that says “Do not go to Calvary – for it is too unpleasant, and you are too good of a person to really need all this.” Jesus says to all such: “Ye will not come to me that ye might have life.” (John 5:40).

Christ declares, “I, if I be lifted up, . . . will draw all people unto me.” If the cross does not find an influence in its favour, it creates an influence. Through generation succeeding generation, the truth for this time is revealed as present truth. Christ on the cross was the medium whereby mercy and truth met together, and righteousness and peace kissed each other. This is the means that is to move the world.

The cross stands alone, a great center in the world. Jesus was on that middle cross; and THAT cross does not find friends, but it makes them. It creates its own agencies. Christ proposes that people shall become labourers together with God. He makes human beings his instrumentalities for drawing all men unto himself. A divine agency is sufficient only through its operation on human hearts with its transforming power, making us colaborers with God.

We must hide self in Jesus, (Col 3:2-4, Col 2:3), and let Him appear in our character and conversation . While we look constantly to Him whom our sins have pierced and our sorrows have burdened, we shall acquire strength to be like Him. Our lives, our demeanour, will always testify how highly we prize our Redeemer, and the salvation He has wrought out for us at such a
cost to Himself. Our characters will reveal weather or not we have been to Calvary; and what we did while we were there. And our peace will be as a river while we bind ourselves in willing, happy relationship to Jesus.

One of the world’s saddest commentaries shows us how even many professing Christians are loyal to their churches but do not have a burning love for Jesus Christ. They will not go to Calvary; except for a quick look to say they went. Once a week they formally worship God in church, but the rest of the time they walk in the ways of the world. If only we all knew how much Christ longs for our love! O, how the corridors of time carry the fervent echo of the Creator’s Voice, “Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes…” “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” (Luke 19:42, Mat 23:37)

Would you be hid FROM Christ, or IN Christ?

II. GOD DOES NOT GIVE UP ON PEOPLE BUT LOVINGLY WOOS THEM BACK

A. God Searches For Us

As in the story of the prodigal son; we may turn away from God, but no matter how far away we get from Him, as soon as we get the slightest urge to return to God; He will accept us. Before we are “perfect,” God will accept us, and work with us; as the Record says of the prodigal son: “when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him,” and likewise, today: “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” (Eph.2:13). ‘’He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor.12:9). This is why we must go to Calvary just the way we are, not trying to be a certain way first. (John 6:37).

We cannot make repentance an obstacle between us and the Savior. The blood of Christ will do the work we keep trying to do on our own, and bring us into close union with Him. The good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that we may believe in God, we may trust Him, and by so doing glorify His name. But, even if we are overcome of the enemy, we are not cast off, not forsaken and rejected of God. No; Christ is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. “If any person sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1 John 2:1).

Ever since God drove the First Couple from Eden He has been searching for them: God went after mankind to win back their love and loyalty. (Gen.3:9). “The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.” (Psalms 14:2). God could not reconcile Himself to having man lost forever. “The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10). “Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?” (Ezekiel 18:23, RSV).

We have not really been happy, deep inside our hearts, living separated from God, and so, many a mind has been uncontrollably restless. “The fool hath said in his heart that there is no God;” (Psalms 14:1), but we must take note that the text does not say the fool really believes this; the fool just keeps saying it. Most people are instinctively aware of the fact that they are a descendant of a royal family, a descendant of God Himself. (Gen.1:26,John 1:12, Rom 12:3).

We must realize that nothing outside of a deep love relationship with Jesus Christ truly satisfies the human heart. Jesus really is THE answer.

Some of the greatest minds that have ever lived, minds that have had the opportunity to explore the most eminent spheres of knowledge, have admitted that their vain searching has left them feeling totally empty; their most impressive accomplishments have left them with a feeling of utter frustration and failure; with a strange despondence, a nagging, emotional/spiritual hunger, perceptions of worthlessness they cannot explain. The reason is that people inherently long for God, (Rom 12:3), and many of us search until we have found the Creator; and experienced Him to be THE Voice of God to our needy souls.

Many try to satisfy their restless hearts by worshipping the material things, or one of the many cure-all ideologies of this world. The idol worshippers of old have been largely replaced today by the worshippers of money, power, success, and intellectual attainments. Many who taste worldly pleasures discover that they cannot find in them full satisfaction. These say, with the poet of old, “Oh that I knew where I might find Him! that I might come even to His seat!” (Job 23:3). God Himself “hath made of one blood all nations of people for to dwell on all the face of the earth; that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him.” (Acts 17:26, 27).

B. Great Changes Occur In Our Lives When We Find God. (2 Cor.5:17)

Since the fall of man multitudes have given their hearts to Jesus Christ. Many rejoice in a spiritual love relationship with Him. They have discovered a new life by giving themselves to Jesus Christ. “The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.” (Psalm 14:2). “I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Me.” (Proverbs 8:17). Jesus looked down, and then He came down, for us! The promise is sure: “And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13.

“In our daily experience, we shall be safe in criticizing [only] ourselves in the light of the great moral standard of righteousness which never changes. “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul,” and when we bring our lives into harmony with the life of Christ, it will be seen that we are reflecting Jesus, THE Son of God. The spiritual life is built up from the food given to the mind; and if we eat the food provided in the Word of God, spiritual and mental health will be the result.” (RH.1906-03-22.006).

When the soul surrenders itself to Christ, a new power takes possession of the new heart. A change is wrought which we could never accomplish for ourselves by “being good.” It is a supernatural work, bringing a supernatural element into human nature. The soul that is yielded to Christ becomes His own fortress, which He holds in a revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall be known in it but His own. A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnable to the assaults of Satan. But unless we do yield ourselves to the control of Christ, we shall be dominated by the wicked one.

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We must inevitably be under the control of the one or the other of the two great powers that are contending for the supremacy of the world. It is not necessary for us deliberately to choose the service of the kingdom of darkness in order to come under its dominion. We have only to neglect to ally ourselves with the kingdom of light. If we do not co-operate with the heavenly agencies, Satan will take possession of the heart, and will make it his abiding place.

The only defence against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousness. Unless we become vitally connected with God, we can never resist the unhallowed effects of self-love, self-indulgence, and temptation to sin. We may leave off many bad habits, for the time we may part company with Satan; but without a vital connection with God, through the surrender of ourselves to Him moment by moment, we shall be overcome.

Without a personal acquaintance with Christ, and a continual communion, we are at the mercy of the enemy, and shall do his bidding in the end.”

“The conversion of sinners and their sanctification through the truth is the strongest proof a minister can have that God has called him to the ministry. The evidence of his apostleship is written upon the hearts of those converted, and is witnessed to by their renewed lives. Christ is formed within, the hope of glory. A minister is greatly strengthened by these sealsof his ministry.” (AA.328.001).

“It is our own character and experience that determine our influence upon others. In order to convince others of the power of Christ’s grace, we must know its power in our own hearts and lives. The gospel we present for the saving of souls must be the gospel by which our own souls are saved. Only through a living faith in Christ as a personal Saviour is it possible to
make our influence felt in a skeptical world. If we would draw sinners out of the swift-running current, our own feet must be firmly set upon the Rock, Christ Jesus. “

“The badge of Christianity is not an outward sign, not the wearing of a cross or a crown, but it is that which reveals the union of a person with God. By the power of His grace manifested in the transformation of character the world is to be convinced that God has sent His Son as its Redeemer. No other influence that can surround the human soul has such power as the influence of an unselfish life. The strongest argument in favor of the gospel is a loving and lovable Christian.” This is the kind of change that 2 Cor 5:17 is talking about, with anyone who is “in Christ.”

People Tend To Reduce Christianity

We often want to take something away but won’t put anything into it. Many people have reduced Christianity to the message of forgiveness alone; but this is usually the reduction of forgiveness to an act devoid of the creative element of God’s Word, devoid of the power of renewal, as promised in God’s Word.  Forgiveness, which is the essential meaning of being “justified;” (Rom 4:6-8), has come to mean only freedom from penalties; with positive reconciliation, commitment to, and service to God being rejected, for a self centered religion, that looks out for “number one.”

Many consider forgiveness as anything but a new direction in their lives, or a new life principle in their minds. People who reduce the gospel to forgiveness alone, only look to the Gospel for provision of some extension to their life – quantitatively, in the eternal world; but they totally reject any reliable way to live truly new lives, new hearts, here on earth – quantitatively in the present world. Such do not want Jesus as Lord; only as Savior.

After all; who has the right to say that they are saved by grace alone, if they have not left all to follow Christ? How can we who supposedly “died to sin” still live in it? (see Rom 6:2).

C. How Do We Know God’s Original Plan For Mankind?

God’s marvellous plan for man is revealed in the Bible. There we learn that the day is coming when Christ will present a renewed earth to all who have given themselves to Him. The plans for man which Christ hoped to carry out in Eden will be fulfilled on the new earth. The Bible refers to these believers as the inhabitants of the New Jerusalem, the bride of the Lamb.
They are the redeemed who will live in Christ’s presence throughout eternity. They are “prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” “I will show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” (Revelation 21:2,9).

He carried me away in the spirit,” says the prophet, “and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of Heaven from God.”[Rev 21:9,10.] Clearly, then, the Bride represents the holy city, and the “virgins” that go out to meet the bridegroom are a symbol of the church. (virgins could be both male & female). In the Revelation of Jesus Christ, the people of God are said to be the guests at the marriage supper.[Rev 19:9.] If only guests, they cannot be represented also as the Bride. Christ, as stated by the prophet Daniel, will receive from the Ancient of days in Heaven, “dominion, and glory, and a kingdom,” He will receive the New Jerusalem, the capital of his kingdom, “prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”[Dan 7:14; Rev 21:2.]
Having received the kingdom, he will come in his glory, as King of kings,and Lord of lords, for the redemption of his people, who are to “sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob,” at his table in his kingdom,[Mat 8:11; Luke 22:30.] to partake of the marriage supper of the Lamb.

D. The Redeemed Are The Bride Of Christ.

Throughout the Bible a pure woman is used as a symbol of the pure church of God. “A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet.” (Revelation 12:1). She represents the church of the New Testament and the Old Testament. “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” (Eph 5:32). In the Old and New Testaments the Son of God is described as the bridegroom, and the believers are said to be betrothed to Him. In the new earth there will be no marriage, but all will live for Christ and His glory. “And I will betroth thee unto Me forever; yea, I will betroth thee unto Me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving-kindness, and in mercies….And thou shalt know the Lord.” (Hosea 2:19, 20).

To know Jesus Christ, to believe in Him, means to be intimately united with Him spiritually. “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:2). In the following texts the relationship between Christ and the believer is compared to a wedding: “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.” (Matthew 25:1). “While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.” (Matthew 25:5,6). “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.” (Revelation 19:7-9). In these texts the followers of Christ are urged to make themselves ready for His return.

This readiness refers to their character. By the power of the Holy Spirit we are to become like Christ in character. This wonderful promise would have been fulfilled in the life of Adam and Eve and in their descendants had they remained faithful to Jesus Christ. Man was righteous until he sinned; then he lost his righteousness. Christ died so that He could give His own
righteousness to anyone who asked. Through Christ the divine image in man/woman kind can be restored. If only Adam had understood the mind of Christ and realized the glorious plans Christ had made for him and his descendants!

“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He
humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” (Philippians 1-27-29; 2:1-13).

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III. JESUS CAME TO SEEK AND TO SAVE THE LOST OBJECTS OF HIS LOVE

A. Jesus Christ Is The Son Of God.

Who is this Jesus whose heart is filled with longing for man? He is the Creator and Upholder of the universe. (Colossians 1:15-17). He is the incarnate God. (Hebrews 2:14,15). He is the incarnate Word of God, He is righteousness, He is goodness, He is love, and He is mercy. (John 1:14; 14:6). He is the incarnate life and resurrection. (John 8:12; 11:25). He is so appealing that we lack adequate words to describe Him. The deepest expression of our love for Him is worship. Christ is worshipped by all the angels, seraphim and cherubim, and all the unfallen beings of the universe. Their greatest joy is to behold and worship Him. To know Jesus Christ is everlasting life. “This is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.” (John 17:3).

Throughout the ages, men and women have given their hearts to God, expressing their burning love for Him in word and song. Moses said, “I beseech thee, show me Thy glory.” (Exodus 33:18). Job exclaimed, “Oh that I knew where I might find Him! that I might come even to His seat!” Job 23:3. The psalmist wrote these beautiful words about Jesus Christ: “Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into Thy lips: therefore God hath blessed Thee forever. Gird Thy sword upon Thy thigh, 0 most Mighty, with Thy glory and Thy majesty.” “Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.”
(Psalm 45:2,3,7).

Other psalms express the deep longing for fellowship with God: “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, 0 God.” (Psalm 42:1). “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.” Psalm 27:4. “I had
rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” (Psalm 84:10).

Possibly the most beautiful description of Jesus Christ was penned by King Solomon in an allegory. “My Beloved is fair and ruddy, the chief among ten thousand! His head is precious as the most fine gold. His appearance is like Lebanon, excellent, stately and majestic as the cedars. His voice and speech are exceedingly sweet; yes, He is altogether lovely—the whole of Him delights and is precious. This is my Beloved and this is my Friend.” Song of Solomon 5:10-16, Amplified. “You are as beautiful as Tirzah, my Love, and as comely as Jerusalem; but You are as terrible as a bannered host!” (Song of Solomon 6:4, Amplified). “Who is this who looks forth as the dawn, fair as the moon, clear and pure as the sun, and terrible as a bannered host?” (Song 6:10, Amplified).

Later Zechariah, exulting in God, said, “How great is God’s goodness and how great is His beauty!” (Zechariah 9:17, Amplified).

B. Union With God Is The Deepest Longing Of The Human Heart.
(And that is why “Jesus is the answer” ).

When Jesus walked on this earth, He was loved and worshipped by a small group of followers who had left everything to become His disciples. They gladly gave up fortune, success, family, security, and life itself to be in His presence. They knew that earthly accomplishments could never take the place of the joy that was theirs because they walked daily with God. Most people’s hearts are longing for more than this world is able to offer. People everywhere want to return to God whom they have lost, whom they have forsaken. Many are searching after Him, and happy are those who find Him. They can say with the Shulamite girl in Solomon’s allegory: “

I found Him whom my soul loves. I held Him and would not let Him go.”(Song of Solomon 3:4, Amplified).

C. How Do We Find This Love Relationship With Jesus Christ?

The Word of God gives us the answer:

“As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the Sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” John 1:12.

Our power is in receiving Christ, personally, as both Savior and Lord.

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me.” John 15:4. “Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me: for Thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world.” John 17:24. “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.” John 10:28. “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38, 39. (Note also Ephesians 3:17-19).

Let all God’s people say: “I have been crucified with Christ: the life I now live is not my life, but the life which Christ lives in me; and my present bodily life is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20, NEB.

Conclusion

“Happy is the person who can exclaim: “I found Him whom my soul loveth.” Song of Solomon 3:4.

Appeal Of Christ To His Bride – The Church

“The fallen race could be restored only through the merit of Him who was equal with God. Though so highly exalted, Christ consented to take upon Him human nature, that He might work in behalf of man, and reconcile to God his disloyal subject. Christ pleads his merit in our behalf. As our substitute and surety, He undertook to combat the powers of darkness in our behalf, and prevailed against the enemy of our souls, presenting to us the cup of salvation. The Prince of Life consented to bear insult and mockery, pain and death. Upon the cross of Calvary He paid redemption’s price for a lost world. It was the world that He loved, the one lost sheep that He would bring back to his fold. The cross of Calvary speaks the amazing love of God for the sinner.

Jesus values us at an infinite price, giving his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. If the love of God fails to call forth a response from the human heart, if it fails to soften and subdue the soul, we are utterly lost. There is no reserve power through which to influence the sinner. Heaven’s richest gift has been freely offered for our acceptance. No greater manifestation of God’s love can be given than that which was given on Calvary’s cross.

If the love of Christ does not melt and subdue the heart, by what means can people be reached? Have you failed to respond to the pleadings of his Spirit? Then no longer fortify your heart in hardness. Open the door of the heart to receive Christ, the best gift of Heaven. Let not cruel unbelief influence you to refuse the heaven-sent guest. Let not Christ say of you, “Ye will not come unto Me that ye might have life.” With loving entreaties He follows the sinner, pleading, “Turn ye, turn ye; for why will you persish?

In stooping to take upon Himself humanity, Christ revealed a character the opposite of the character of Satan. But He stepped still lower in the path of humiliation. “Being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:8. As the high priest laid aside his gorgeous pontifical robes, and officiated in the white linen dress of the common priest, so Christ took the form of a servant, and offered sacrifice, Himself the priest, Himself the victim. “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him.” Isaiah 53:5. 

Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might be treated as He deserves. He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness, in which we had no share. He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was His. “With His stripes we are healed.” {DA 25.2}

Can you say with belief:

“I Have Found Him Whom My Soul loveth?”

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