Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Mystical Life of Communion (notes) VII

The focus and goal of contemplation is communion with Jesus. Pure and simple, it’s the power of his incarnation, his death, his resurrection, and ascension, and of his return. The purpose of all meditation is to become united with Him in all those things, as His goal in all those things is to become united to us.

And of Christ, the focus is the Cross.

“In many ways the Cross is the greatest revelation of His heart. It is the apex of the self-disclosure of God. Hanging naked on a Roman Cros He is in essence crying, “see what kind of God I am.” Creation offers us hints, the prophets whisper, the Incarnation trumpets, the Cross thunders.” -Stephen V.

---- continued, somewhat...

The Centrality of Beauty

Heaven is a created place. It doesn’t have to be the way it is, but from creation God chose it to be that way because it pleases him. He chose to make it a place of continual worship. There has always been those in heaven worshipping him, from the very beginning. This is his desire. The reason they worship is because they are caught up with his beauty. They cry, “Holy! Holy! Holy!” They have been there since the beginning and they choose to stay there, because they are burning with love for their creator.

Night and day prayer does not exist because there is so much need. Before anyone was lost, there existed night and day prayer in the form of worship. After judgment day when we have received our eternal rewards and there is nothing left to intercede for, there will still be night and day prayer, because he deserves it, because it pleases him, and because it will please us. This must be our motivation even now. Without a passion for seeing God and declaring him holy we will easily burn out waiting for breakthrough. Our hope is not in breakthrough, it is in a God who delights himself in us now, and who loves our weak worship. Though it is right for us to mingle in intercession now, as Christ himself does, our primary desire must be to gaze upon the breathtaking beauty of the Lord. It is He who will sustain us, with Himself. He is our reward.

Psalm 27:4 One thing I have desired of the Lord that will I seek; 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.

We must posture ourselves to gaze at his beauty, “for when we behold, we love.” -Stephen V.

It is because of this gaze that God calls his intercessors “watchmen on the wall.” They watch for the Lord to move, they gaze at his beauty.

It’s a funny thought, but God loves to look at himself. His eyes roam the earth, looking for something... Himself! He sees Himself in those who have Him alive inside of Him through the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus dwelling in their hearts. He looks for those who live like He does, who have His Life. He looks for that reflection on earth, where heaven and earth look similar. It is his plan to unite heaven and earth through Jesus (Eph 1:9,10).

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