The Father’s Wish
I have a question for you. Can you tell me the number one reason Jesus died for you? My answer to that question used to be, “He died to forgive my sins so that I could go to heaven to be with God when I die.” I believed this until the Holy Spirit opened my eyes and showed me I was wrong.
The day Adam sinned, he died spiritually. That is, his sin separated God from him and erected a barrier that remained in place for thousands of years between God and man. Man was put out of the Garden and cherubim placed at the entrance to ensure he did not re-enter. And later, during the Old Testament dispensation, God commanded Moses to place a thick veil in the tabernacle that would maintain this separation between God and man due to sin’s presence in man.
To help ameliorate the crisis caused by sin and the resulting separation, God instituted a temporary priesthood in the Old Testament that offered animal blood to atone for man’s sins. This system allowed for limited interaction between God and sinners, but never resolved the core issue of sin and spiritual death. It allowed for sins to be covered, but never removed. Consequently, the veil remained in place, the people served God at a distance, and only the High Priest once a year could go beyond the veil into the Holy of Holies. And even then, he had to observe very strict rules, or else!
And so we read in Hebrews 10:4-7,10:
“For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come— In the volume of the book it is written of Me— To do Your will, O God’…and by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
It is written God took no pleasure in animal sacrifices. His heart remained heavy. Why? Even though millions of bulls and goats were sacrificed, the sin issue remained unresolved and the wall of separation remained in place. God, who is love, could not be pleased as long as our sins were separating Him from us.
Jesus saw the broken heart of His Father, a loving Father who wanted intimacy and constant fellowship with the only ones He had created in His image, who wanted men to experience His love personally and intensely. Seeing that His Father’s heart was unhappy, and that the longing of the Father was to dwell with us and make His home in us, Jesus, whose love for the Father is immeasurable, requested that a body be prepared for Him. He was going to do whatever it took to do the Father’s will and bring pleasure to His Father’s heart.
And so Jesus received a body, went to the cross, became sin, was separated from God, descended into hell, suffered the full punishment for sins; and on the third day, he arose, ascended into heaven, and with His own blood sanctified us once for all!
The day He shed His blood for sinners, the veil of the temple split in two. The barrier that existed between God and sinful man came down. And for the first time, since Adam sinned, God was free to make His home in us. The Father’s wish was finally realized.
And this is what the Holy Spirit showed me! The number one reason Jesus died for me was not to make it possible for me to go to heaven to live with God when I die, but even better, to make it possible for God to dwell in me while I live! As much as Jesus loves me, I now see it was God’s desire to dwell in me and Jesus’ love for the Father that motivated Jesus the most to offer Himself to reconcile God and me.
Child of God, the longing of the Father has always been to dwell in us, to be our Father, Provider, Protector, and Friend. And thanks to Jesus, whose blood cleanses us from all sins, the Father’s wish has been accomplished. Today, God is pleased because our sins can no longer prevent Him from living in us and fellowshipping with us.
And because of this blessed reality, if your trust is in the blood of Jesus, you can enjoy uninterrupted intimacy with God. Nothing, I mean absolutely nothing can separate you from His love. Not even your sins!