In John 14, it says that the Lord is the way. Why did He become the way? So he could lead us to Abba. Why was the veil torn? It was to enable us to enjoy the Holy of Holies, to be face to face with God, and to be the closest to Him. 1 Thessalonians 5:10 clearly says, “Who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.” The Lord died and became the way for us to Abba, so he could bring us to Abba.
I believe that all of us admire Moses of the Old Testament. He knew God face to face. David considered God his joy. Isn’t this so precious? Moreover, he beheld and gazed upon God. He said, “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4) This “one thing” was very important to David. It’s written in Psalm 63 that David had looked upon God in the sanctuary, beholding His power and glory. These verses help us to see more when we consider and behold God.
I believe that Mary was the person who loved the Lord the most during her time. She had the experience recorded in Luke 10. It’s so precious that the Lord told Martha not to be anxious and troubled about many things. Likewise, nowadays, regardless of what is happening around me, I have peace in my heart and I am not troubled. Enjoying the Lord is the best.
The Lord said that only one thing is necessary. (Luke 10:42) See how important this one thing is! From this we see how much God desires us to draw near to Him and listen to Him. We see how much God wants us to enjoy Him, the words He speaks to us, and His interactions with us. He said that this should not be taken away. Don’t let anything take you away from this moment. During this pandemic, I believe many of us have more free time. I hope that you will spend more leisure time drawing near to the One who loves you the most.
In Psalms 42, 43 and 84, the psalmists came to God and asked God to send out light and truth to lead them to His holy hill and His dwelling. Hebrews states that the Lord became a man and died for us. He has opened a new and living way for us to come close to Him. Why was the veil torn? It was to let us enter into the Holy of Holies, where we can go to Him and be the closest to Him.
The phrase “Draw near to God” is written twice in Hebrews chapter 7. Chapters 10, 11 and 12 also talk about the same. The Lord has opened a new and living way for us. Chapter 4 talks about drawing near to the throne of grace. Please review these passages. Through these passages, God has said many times that He desires us to come before Him and draw near to Him. This is the reason why the Lord became a man and died for us. This is of great importance! He went through the impossible so that today we may come close to Him and enjoy Him. Your heart can rejoice because of Him. What we’ve gained is so abundant. I can’t fully describe what I have gained in my life from drawing near to Him. It is truly the most precious thing in my entire life. There’s nothing more precious, more satisfying or more uplifting than drawing near to God. To this day , I have never had any problems that could not be overcome by drawing near to God. No matter how many problems I have, or how big the challenge is, the most crucial is to have the Lord. He truly lives in my heart. It is absolutely real. He lives with me. He has become my life, my best portion and strength forever!
God highly regards those who draw near to Him. For instance, Enoch walked with God for 300 years. The genealogy in the Book of Genesis specifically mentions Enoch and commends him as having pleased God. In this manner, he was taken up by God. Stephen gazed into heaven and his face shone like the face of an angel. Ephesians 3 talks about the endless destination, the core of God’s will and all the generations to come. Ephesians is a very important book. It tells us that we and the church are God’s will from eternity to eternity. It also helps us to see the core of God’s will. Ephesians 1 talks about Abba. Chapters 2 and 3 discuss the Lord, God’s household and the Holy Spirit. Chapter 4 focuses on the need to love one another, life in God’s family, ministry, and the overflowing blessings.
The climax of the Song of Solomon is the same – that we need to draw near to God. The Lord asks to see our face. This request is echoed in Song of Solomon 8:13, which reads, “O you who dwell in the gardens, with companions listening for your voice; let me hear it.” This is the climax of the Song of Solomon. Psalm 45 is the miniature version of the Song of Solomon. Here, what does the Lord ask us to do? He wants us to worship Him. He says, “Consider, and incline your ear.” This is entering into worship. Psalm is the longest book in the Bible, consisting of 150 chapters. What are these psalms all about? They talk about prayers and fellowship with God, which is the most essential part of our union with God.
Revelation is the last book in the Bible. It’s the conclusion of God’s plan and love dream. The whole Bible is cohesive. I know that the destination of my journey is New Jerusalem. We should live out this life today. The entire city of New Jerusalem is the Holy of Holies. Paul regarded the Lord as his most precious treasure. He mentioned pressing on toward the goal and the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:8) Likewise, today, drawing near to God is the most precious. In eternity, the importance and preciousness of drawing near to God will continue to increase.
From the Lord’s prayer, we see what is the ultimate essence of His will. The eternal covenant is also final. The third blessing of the new covenant tells us that we shall all know God, from the least of us to the greatest. God wants everyone in the church, from the least to the greatest, to draw near to Him and experience Him. Therefore, we ought to live in the Holy of Holies.
Having said that this eternal covenant is final, it is by no means a stagnant final destination. In eternity, we will have reached our final destination, yet it is boundless because He is like an endless ocean of life and love. Such a climax cannot be found in this world. The Lord Himself is our goal and destination. Nothing is higher than the Lord and Abba. Therefore, we should stay there—and dwell in the Lord. The Lord said He is the true vine and we are the branches. When we abide in Him, we will always experience Him. This is the infinite and endless peak!
Please review the passages I talked about today and ask the Lord to open your spiritual eyes. When you see the truth, you’ll know for sure the importance of drawing near to Him, living with Him and walking with Him every day. You need to be steadfast and hold on tight to it.
In New Jerusalem, everyone will be together, including brothers and sisters. We will be the closest to Abba, the Lord and the Holy Spirit. We will enjoy the Trinity God the most, and He will enjoy us the most as well. Brothers and sisters will become perfect in one, everyone overflowing with love. At that time, we will have fellowship with one another. In 1 John, it says that on earth, when we have fellowship with God, we are having fellowship with the Father, His Son, and with one another. Then our joy may be complete. It is indeed very abundant.
We remember the Lord together. The bread represents the Lord’s body. He became a Man for us. His body was broken and He shed His blood. He desires you to enter into His love, be closest to Him and enjoy Him. When you eat the bread and drink from the cup, you enjoy what He has accomplished. He accomplished the perfect salvation, so that we may come to Him, draw near to Him and walk with Him every day without any hindrance. His desire is toward you and me.
I’d like to share a poem with you.
You’re my goal, my purpose
My dwelling place and rest
Endless, vast ocean of love
A peak that gets higher and higher
Keep me in You
Heart to heart with You
Walk on this infinitely affectionate love journey
You are my eternal portion and sweet rest