Not only is Jesus our saviour who shed his blood on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins which we value so lightly, he is also our Intercessor. Presently Jesus has been given the highest position in heaven, that is seated at the right hand of God. (Hebrews 10 12) Jesus looks down on his body; the Church and tears flow down from his eyes, for we all walk in darkness groping like blind men along a wall. He looks down and there is no one righteous, no not one who follows the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, for we have all gone our own way.
We believers all believe that we walk in the light, but in the eyes of God many walk in darkness as their minds have been darkened by the prince of this world. We all give lip service to our Lord but when the question of obedience and sacrifice confront us, our sacrifice is no better than Cains. It is into the mess of falling away that Jesus our intercessor sheds his tears knowing that, as he did with Simon Pete that when our rooster crows three times we will deny him.
Such apostasy is breaking the heart of our Saviour, for he has purchased our forgiveness through the redemption of his blood. By our denials and lack of presenting to God our acceptable sacrifices we are crucifying Jesus all over again; that the agony is almost too much for the Lamb of God to bear. Jesus our intercessor looks down at the sorry mess that is known as the church, his body, and his heart goes out to its members.
As Jesus on the cross looked down on his accusers and cried out “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing." As today with his feet resting on the earth as his footstool, Jesus pleads to God, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."
The love of Christ to his church knows no bounds, for nothing can separate Gods love for his bride that he has purchased from the darkness of this world. O what depths and height is the love of God that we take so much for granted. O how we have cheapened his forgiveness! For the love of God and his forgiveness has been written on the cross in the blood of the Lamb of God. Forgiveness and Gods love which we treat so lightly cost God his Son, displayed on the stark brutal agony of the barbaric cross. To gain our redemption not only did Christ suffer physically beyond our understanding, he also suffered the agony of being separated from the Father.
As God cried out to his chosen people, the children of Israel to return to him, so to does Jesus as he stands at our door and knocks and he to cries,” Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.” (Revelation 3)
How much longer will God tolerate this wilful and sinful generation for the time is short and there will be multitudes upon multitudes who will miss the marriage supper of the Lamb.
I agree with the sentiment of your blog and can see your heart in what you wrote. But God will accomplish His purposes in the earth and their will be a bride without spot or blemish. It is difficult to see from our vantage point but we can't see with the eyes of God. God is growing His church daily and in the suffering and death that we see taking place to our Brothers and Sisters in various parts of the world God is still triumphant. Hell and death cannot hold those that are bought with His blood. We can weep and mourn and at the same time rejoice because we have been told the end of the story and know that Christ will be the final victor. Thank you. Phil