Nasa have taken some of the most incredible pictures of the stars in the last 20 years. Deep out in space the Hubble Telescope has been taking pictures of parts of our universe that the human race has never seen before. We are the first generation of humans to see these images with our eyes since the dawn of time.
As Abraham gazed up at the Heavens glowing above him the Lord spoke a promise “…As many as there are stars in the sky…” We are now beginning to understand the enormity of that promise as we gaze deeper into space. The mystery is being revealed before our eyes. And the mystery is Christ crucified for the earth. “…and your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies and through your offspring all nations of the earth will be blessed.” As we gaze into God’s Grace we begin to get overwhelmed by his love and compassion for the nations; for people in hopelessness, people trapped by circumstances they can’t control and people who just don’t know how much they are loved. Love is waiting to possess the cities. People who are lost and escaping reality through addictions to drugs and all sorts are coming to a Gospel which brings freedom. Freedom from lies- lies about their identity, lies that they have no family and that no one loves them.
The truth is that they have a Father in Heaven who loves them. And this truth will set them free. Andre Rabe recently said “you can’t be lost unless you first belong.” There is a lost nation out there who belong. They belong because they have been forgiven. Jesus said “31 The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out. 32 And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” The Lord has drawn the world to to Himself. He has reconciled humanity and has forgiven their sins. John 12.31-32. In Colossians 2.13 it says Christ ‘forgave (past tense) our sins having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us’ and John writes in 1 John 2.12 ‘I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.’
There are so many people who are surrounded by the feelings of loneliness and isolation because of their guilt. They are walking around in darkness with their spiritual eyes closed, not realising that their Father is here with forgiveness. And there is a generation of people who are being awakened to the reality of the Father’s love; who are leaving the nightmare of their darkness, and having their eyes opened to Grace and love. They are becoming aware of Grace for the first time.
How can God’s forgiveness be conditional? God is the forgiver. It is in his nature; He is forgiveness. This is not based on what we do or pray. It never was: ‘while we were dead in our sin…’ His heart was moved by compassion for us from the start. And it still is.
And how can an increased revelation of Grace lead to more sin? By getting a deeper revelation of Grace we understand more what has been done for us; a greater revelation that we are seated in Christ and of ‘Not I but Christ’. You know that Christ is the fulfillment of the law because he is Perfect? We are seated in the fulfillment of the law too! We are not bad people. An increased understanding of Grace leads you to realise that you are seated in completion, the perfection of the law. When we truly begin to believe this how can sin continue? People who have been told their whole life that they are bad and dirty and rejected as worthless; people who have heard the same message from the church- ‘you’re an evil sinner’; are about to get hit with Grace and realise that by Grace they are saved, seated in righteousness and have been made GOOD!
Paul preached this message as an Apostle, as a Father. There is a world waiting for fathers to reveal that God is a Father of forgiveness; to reveal the mystery of the Gospel: Emanuel, God with us. These are the Apostles the world is waiting for, who search out orphans on rubbish dumps and seek out rejected young people on council estates.
Christ fulfilled the promise hidden in the stars. The Overcomer took possession of the cities of His Enemy. These cities are God’s Possession. They are His family. So let Truth Awaken a nation to love.