Orders of Magnitude

Taking our order "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, He will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." (John 16:23-24)

Things are scaling. The passage before, Jesus compares the psychospiritual (yes) struggles the disciples were facing to the birth pangs of a pregnant woman. How after the birth, the pain is forgotten. Now you have all of life left to look forward to. Jesus tells them they have sorrow (kinda hard not to when Jesus is only the best friend you've EVER HAD--and now He's going to die) and rightfully so. But he tells them (more of a forward-facing reminder) that He'll be coming back and their joy will both increase and also be solid-state. Then he tells them to ask away--after He tells them their questions would be answered with "the peace of God, that passeth all understanding" (Philippians 4:7)

"And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh." (Ephesians 2:16-17)

Marching orders

"He that hath seen me hath seen the Father" (John 14:10)

But there's then more to go. The gravity of God is pulling us closer throughout our life. Jesus continues:

"These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father." (John 16:24)

What Jesus did by dying for our sin has made it possible for us to be reconnected to God. If you don't see the magnitude of that statement (if I may be so bold), you might consider asking Him to show you just how integrated He is in your life. Trust me, He's a lot more present than you might realize. The writer of Hebrews delineates between Sinai and Zion in chapter twelve. Drawing a distinction between--how can I say this--the soft starlight of a constellation in the cool of the evening and the white-hot midday sun in July. God is still the same intensity He's always been (For they could not endure that which was commanded... And so terrible was the sight...  12:20a, 21a). All of Him--His love and compassion and mercy and justice and (righteous) anger. It's all still there. Channeled perfectly through a human, you get someone who looks like (and is) Jesus. And in Jesus, you get all of Them.

"And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel." (Hebrews 12:24)

Out of order

We can make God in our image and of course we'll be wrong. But we cannot fake Jesus*. As God is undefinable (humanly speaking) except through Jesus, it falls to us to endeavor to know Him and to see and feel God the Father as manifest through His Son.

"I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." (Psalm 34:1-4, emphasis mine)

*Actually you can (see 2 Corinthians 11:3-4). The Holy Spirit won't witness to any other, though.

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