by JoAnn McFatter
Just as all creation groans for the manifestation of the sons of God, there is a groaning in union with the cry of “OHHHHHHHH! That we would see Jesus!” The unsung song of creation has yet to be expressed in sweet relief at His appearing in the earth. As the sons of God emerge in the power of unadulterated Love moving across the earth to truly bring the Kingdom of God and heaven to the earth, I believe we will begin to hear and even see creation altering its sound. This isn’t just about humanity; it’s about all of creation. This earth and heaven will be replaced by a new heaven and earth as the way is made for perfect Love to take up residence once again as
referenced in Revelation 21:1,
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
It’s about the restoration of Love and all things that have bowed to Him resonating in unity with Him, the Personhood of perfect love – Jesus Christ. “OHHHHHHHHH! That we would see Jesus!”
Perhaps it will take disaster, hardship, economic crisis, etc to awaken us to Love. One of my all-time favorite verses has been. Romans 13:11-14:
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
The awakening to Love is at hand. One way or another, we will awaken to the meaninglessness of a life not lived as one being ‘born from above’.
NOW THERE was a certain man among the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler (a leader, an authority) among the Jews, Who came to Jesus at night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know and are certain that You have come from God [as] a Teacher; for no one can do these signs (these wonderworks, these miracles–and produce the proofs) that You do unless God is with him. Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God.
One of the ways God is turning evil into good in our lives is the stripping away of all that keeps us distracted. We are being forced to see what is important and in the process we choose to allow Love to rise to the top. It is an invitation motivated by Love. We choose whether or not we behold with “eyes that see the goodness of our God in the land of the living” even in the hardship that may very well be coming our way.
Years ago when God came in a dream and said to me, “I’m going to teach you to love”, I was very excited that He had visited me —– until the event that was to be the catalyst for my lesson in Love happened a few days later. And yes, as you can imagine, it was the most devastating loss, betrayal, and bottomless pit of pain I had ever experienced. I quickly came to the realization that I was incapable of rising to the occasion with Love on my own and would only accomplish it by His grace. I cried out for grace. I was not even at a place to cry out for love — only the grace to survive the journey to Love.
I believe that is what being ‘born from above’ is made of. John knew about Love beyond any of the others. He experienced it as ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’. We have to truly experience being loved by Him in order to know love in order to become Love. Ultimately, it is a state of being that overrides any other response to any given situation. I love being around the rare individual who is deep into the journey to becoming Love. There is a safety and a lack of judgment that resides no matter what is going on. That’s not to say anything goes or that there is no standard in God. As Paul would say:
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 certainly not!……….” Romans 6:1-2a
We should, however, desire to walk in this perfect Love that casts out fear, so that His kindness would lead us to repentance. Most of us have not been raised in this understanding and our filter is tainted. We tend to hear and see through our belief systems that are crippled by the lack of experience with true Love. Again, the cry rises, “OHHHHH! That we would see Jesus!” This and this alone will be our salvation and solution.
Never in all of my life have I been so in touch with the need to see Him face to face. There is a groaning deep within us to encounter Him for ourselves, and not just to read someone’s interpretation of His words or to
listen to yet another opinion that is held by others. In all that we ponder, study and pray into there is nothing that can replace an encounter with Him. I’m talking about a face to face that is not our imagination, or a vision, but a ‘pinch me I’m real’ visitation with the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself.
As the Spirit and Bride continue to cry, “Come!”, let it be face to face, AND the reflection of Love personified in the earth through ones who have experienced Him. Even let it be Love that casts out all fear and heals all diseases moving in and through us. The following is a verse from a song I wrote during that period of time in my life…
Cast Your shadow over me, shine Your Light upon my soul For in Your presence darkness fades from my sight
And all things disappear in the shadow of You
He told me we were ‘trapped light’ and left me with the impression that the more “one” we become with Him the more we are swallowed up by His love, the more this light would come to the surface and shine. We were originally created in God’s image. God calls Himself Light and Love. Let all things disappear in the shadow of You……….
“OHHHHHH! That we would see Jesus!” —- Face to face and at work in and through each of us in the days to come. The power of Love made manifest in the healing of hearts and diseases. The resonance of Love in and through us that results in demons recognizing the authority of the sound of Love in our voice, causing them to flee. Could it be that they will know we are Christians by our love?