Bounce on His Knee
One of the mysteries of the Good News of Jesus Christ has to do with the way He changes our hearts and the way He brings us to Himself...the way He puts a new heart in us and causes us to keep His commands and decrees. Certainly the fear of God...and comprehending His majesty...and if He would show us this much of Himself... He expected people who saw virtually nothing of Him except a bunch of robes and incense and bloody, dead animals, and a big building....and even that was ripped down. He expected them to obey Him based on all these external things, how much more the God who speaks to the inner man and gives us His grace and forgiveness and kindness and love. Instead of a God of terror, He presents Himself as a Father who loves us, and gently bounces us on His knee, and woos us and loves us in His heavenly embrace.
So, the accountability is great. But I think it’s important that we not go back to the old way of viewing it, which is one of the things he was saying. We are not coming to a place of fear. Although it’s true how much more so are we accountable...while that’s true, we don’t go back to the old mountain to find that out...of fear and trembling and smoke and fire. But we come and bounce on His knee to find that out.
He ended this by saying, “And now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus...” Meaning that no matter how far out of it we are, hey, it’s okay. “He brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus. May that same God who brings from the dead also equip you with all you need for doing his will.” And He will. He does, He will. “May he produce in you through the power of Jesus Christ all that is pleasing to him.” He is going to bounce us on His knee until we just get dizzy in love with Him and really want to do His will. “Jesus is the Great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting covenant signed with His blood.” It cost Him His life to bring us to a place where that covenant sealed and delivered to the Father, is that He loves us from the heart deeply because of the love He has for His Son. And may all of that together produce in us and equip us for doing His will, bringing us to Mt. Zion, to the place of worship and praise and gratitude and thanksgiving. “He sealed it with the everlasting covenant signed in his blood. To him be glory forever and ever Amen”(Heb. 13:20-21).
He said it a little differently through our brother Jude, if you’d like to look at that in verse 24, chapter 2, just to confuse everybody for a minute :): “And now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from stumbling, and who will bring you into his glorious presence, innocent of sin and with great joy.” Now He was saying that to a lot of crummy people like us, that have failed a thousand times. He definitely knew who he was talking to when he said that. Jude, by the Spirit, certainly had to live with people. He understood their weaknesses; he understood their orneriness and their stumblings of many kinds. He lived with people. He did not live in a vacuum and just sit around trying to think up scripture all by himself in a room. This guy lived in the middle of people! And he had to live with himself, even if the other wasn’t true, which it was, he still had to live with himself. And yet, there was something he knew about the eternal covenant and the blood by which it was purchased. And that God, who raised Jesus from the dead, is able to equip, and able to present, and able to draw, and able to woo, and able to bring, and able to change our hard hearts into hearts that are soft and tender and receptive to hear His will! And to trust Him so much that anything and everything is possible.
“You, dear friends, must continue to build your lives on the foundation of your holy faith. Continue to pray as you are directed by the Holy Spirit. Live in such a way that God’s love can bless you as you await for the eternal life that our Lord Jesus Christ, in his mercy, is going to give you.... and who will bring you into his glorious presence, innocent of sin and with great joy. All glory to him who alone is God our Savior through our Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, glory, majesty, power and authority belong to him. In the beginning, now and forever more. Amen”(Jude 20-21, 24-25).
Sovereign King, You are my Sovereign King
Mighty are You on Your throne O Son of David!
Sovereign King, You are my Sovereign King!
I lay my life before You, You’re my Sovereign King!
Hosanna! Hosanna! We lift our voices and sing!
Hosanna! Hosanna! Let all God’s people bow before
The Sovereign King!
(Lyrics by T.C.)