Why He Wants Our Surrender!

“Therefore, if anyone is united with the Messiah, he is a new creation — the old has passed; look, what has come is fresh and new!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Last night, after watching a sermon, I realized something about the curtain, or veil, being torn after Jesus died on the cross.

But Yeshua [Jesus], again crying out in a loud voice, yielded up his spirit. At that moment the parokhet [curtain or veil] in the Temple was ripped in two from top to bottom; and there was an earthquake, with rocks splitting apart.” Matthew 27:50-51 CJB.

The first realization I had was this… Once Jesus atoned for our sins the veil was torn, not just lowered or dropped, perhaps because He knew that we would probably just hang it back up again. See, separation makes most of us feel more comfortable. If we believe somehow that God doesn’t see everything or care about everything then it makes us feel less…naked? Perhaps, less convicted in areas we could use some growth in? Jesus came into the world to be the Light but light exposes what’s in the darkness. Light sees all of what was previously hidden. I encourage you to let His Light in. Invite Him to reveal what’s hidden!

I exhort you, therefore, brothers, in view of God’s mercies, to offer yourselves as a sacrifice, living and set apart for God. This will please him; it is the logical “Temple worship” for you. In other words, do not let yourselves be conformed to the standards of the ‘olam hazeh [this world]. Instead, keep letting yourselves be transformed by the renewing of your minds; so that you will know what God wants and will agree that what he wants is good, satisfying and able to succeed.” Romans 12:1-2 CJB

The second realization I had reveals His passion for us. When a Bride walks down the aisle, her face is veiled. The Bridegroom lifts the veil so He can see her face. Jesus didn’t just lift the veil so He could see us and come close…no…he tore it in two!! Close your eyes and picture it. He loves us so incredibly much with a fiery zealous passion that our Bridegroom, with eyes of fire, ripped what separated us in two and paid the price so we could come close!

Love fuels His desire for our surrender.

Love fuels His desire to have all of us.

Love fuels His desire to see all and to know all.

“So if you were raised along with the Messiah, then seek the things above, where the Messiah is sitting at the right hand of God. Focus your minds on the things above, not on things here on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. When the Messiah, who is our life, appears, then you too will appear with him in glory! Therefore, put to death the earthly parts of your nature – sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed (which is a form of idolatry); for it is because of these things that God’s anger is coming on those who disobey him. True enough, you used to practice these things in the life you once lived; but now, put them all away – anger, exasperation, meanness, slander and obscene talk. Never lie to one another; because you have stripped away the old self, with its ways, and have put on the new self, which is continually being renewed in fuller and fuller knowledge, closer and closer to the image of its Creator. The new self allows no room for discriminating between Gentile and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, foreigner, savage, slave, free man; on the contrary, in all, the Messiah is everything. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with feelings of compassion and with kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; if anyone has a complaint against someone else, forgive him. Indeed, just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must forgive. Above all these, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together perfectly; and let the shalom which comes from the Messiah be your heart’s decision-maker, for this is why you were called to be part of a single Body. And be thankful – let the Word of the Messiah, in all its richness, live in you, as you teach and counsel each other in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude to God in your hearts. That is, everything you do or say, do in the name of the Lord Yeshua [Jesus], giving thanks through him to God the Father. Wives, subject yourselves to your husbands, as is appropriate in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and don’t treat them harshly. Children, obey your parents in everything; for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, don’t irritate your children and make them resentful, or they will become discouraged. Slaves[Laborers], obey your human masters in everything, not serving only when they are watching you, to win their favor, but single-heartedly, fearing the Lord. Whatever work you do, put yourself into it, as those who are serving not merely other people, but the Lord. Remember that as your reward, you will receive the inheritance from the Lord. You are slaving for the Lord, for the Messiah. Don’t worry – whoever is doing wrong will be paid in kind for his wrong, and there is no favoritism shown.” Colossians 3 CJB



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