By; Pastor Jason Swedeen
We breathe this physical air we call oxygen. We walk on this physical ground we call the Earth. We provide energy to this physical body by eating that which we call food. All this is great and necessary, but we were made for more than just this. We order the hamburger because we want the hamburger, the meat, not the bun or the ketchup. Those are just the sides, some of the benefits that come along with the hamburger.
In the scope of the greatness of life and the purpose or meaning that comes with life, the oxygen, the Earth and the food is all extra, on the side, like the bun and the ketchup. The meat of life, like the hamburger, is really the core of what we were made for. It is reflected in the cry of Moses’ heart in Exodus 33:18 where he says, "Please, show me Your glory." We were made to know and experience the glory of the Lord, and not just once, but to live a life that is continually knowing and encountering His presence.
Under the Old Covenant, the Old Testament, it was that the priest, and only the high priest, once a year, could go in before the glory of the Lord, the Most Holy Place. The priest acted as a mediator between God and man. The people of Israel in that day, as it mentions in Exodus 20:19, told Moses to speak to them but that Moses should go before the Lord on their behalf, lest if God spoke to them, they would die. They wanted a mediator. But God never intended for man to stay at a distance. Too many people, still today, want a mediator, someone or something, to stand between them and God.
We are told in Hebrews 4:16 that we are to “…Come boldly to His throne of grace, that we may…obtain mercy …find grace…” Not timidly, not cowardly, but boldly. How can we do this? Through the New Covenant, which was fulfilled through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, the Christ, God’s own Son! 1 Timothy 2:5 says that there is only one mediator between God and men. It is the MAN, Christ Jesus. Now for us to walk in this New Covenant, the Bible tells us that we need to be born again, asking Jesus to come and live inside of us, making us a new creation.
There is still this aspect of needing a mediator, but if Jesus, as mediator, lives inside of you, then as He approaches the Father God, so do you. And, even more good news, Revelation 1:6 says that “…we were made kings AND priests for His glory…” Saint, sinner! You were made for His glory and for His presence. In receiving Jesus as our mediator, He made us a priest as well, a mediator, where we could stand before the throne of God with boldness. You enjoy, I enjoy, the bun and the ketchup, but we really want the meat, the hamburger. Sorry for those that may not like hamburgers, but the principle is the same with whatever food you do like. I enjoy, and thank the Lord for, fresh air to breathe and solid ground to walk on, but I was made for the meat, the presence and glory of God. You were made for His glory and presence. Just like geese have an instinct to fly south for the winter, or salmon, the instinct to swim upstream where they can have their babies, so I call your spirit to increase in a heavenly instinct that will cause you to be drawn to that which you were created for. No longer will you stand off at a distance, but you will approach the glorious presence of the Lord. In Christ Jesus, there is no shame or guilt from the past. It is what Paul says in Philippians 3:13, forgetting what lies behind and pressing on to what lies ahead. Your future, your eternity, your present is glorious in Him!