About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
He focuses his
gaze upon his wife across the room. "She's
stunningly beautiful, and she's all mine," he thinks as emotions are
being aroused within. Her
facial expression suggests she is deep in thought.
Not knowing if he should disturb her, he hesitates, but not for
long. An inner compulsion
urges him to take that first step of faith across the room.
Being awakened from her moment of meditation she graces him with a
curious smile. As his heart
begins to quiver at this hint of expectant ecstasy, one gentle kiss
redirects the events of the evening. They're
lost in a secret, even sacred, place of intimacy reserved only for them.
You could call this place a sanctuary of worshipful adoration
gifted to a husband and a wife by God at creation.
Their intimate exchange symbolizes the intimacy God desires to
share with those who are His. It's
why Jesus invites us to worship God in both spirit and truth (John 4:24).
There is no worship
of God apart from the Holy Spirit. You
might say He is the lubricating oil that removes us from the dryness of
life. He is the anointing oil
that smoothes our entrance into the presence of God.
Our naked souls stand before Him where nothing is hidden from His
eyes. He is the ultimate
universal truth that addresses any hint of dishonesty or adulterated
impurity in our lives as we worship Him in spirit and in truth.
When John 4:24
to worship God in spirit and truth the Greek word "proskyneo"
translated as "worship" means to "kiss towards."
Worshipping God, therefore, is an act of spiritual kissing that is
only reserved for those belonging to Him.
You may never have
thought about worshipping God as being a sacred kiss, but I believe it's
one reason why God created male and female to be husband and wife.
Genesis 1:27 says that God created male and female in His image.
Included in being created in God's image is the desire for
intimacy. In fact marital intimacy is
a reflection of the intimacy our God and Maker desires to share with
us. In this respect the
prophet Isaiah said something interesting.
"Your Maker is your husband" (Isaiah 54:5 - see also
Jeremiah 3:14, 31:32, Hosea 2:16). In
a Biblically healthy sense of the word, God our heavenly husband desires
intimacy with His people, both corporately and individually.
Biblical worship is
a mutual exchange of affection between God and His people.
We adore the One we love and the One we love adores us.
If you have never entered into such intimate worship, ask the Holy
Spirit to anoint you with the oil of glad expectation.
He will lead you out of the dryness of life and into the soothing
presence of God your Saviour. He
has prepared a special place just for you.
Some Christians, especially women of certain Christian persuasions, have taken the concept of a heavenly husband to an unhealthy and unbiblical extreme by forgoing marriage and normal human sexual relations with a husband. Although worship of God can be understood in terms of intimacy, to be clear, we do not engage in some kind of human style sexuality with God. That is a purely pagan concept. It was for this reason that temple prostitution has been central to pagan worship throughout history.