Liquid Love

liquid-loveI recently awoke in the night repeatedly hearing the phrase Liquid Love in my mind. With the observance of Good Friday taking place in a couple of days, it seems appropriate for me to share thoughts with you about our Lord’s Liquid Love. I have chosen to elaborate upon this phrase by using various alliterations for love. I pray these thoughts will allow you to linger in our Lord’s presence. May you feel His Liquid Love being poured out for you and upon you.

Lavishing Love

According to I John 4:8 God is love. Consequently, He reveals Himself to us through His love. In I John 3:1, we are told that the Lord lavishes His love upon us. When He lavishes His love on us, He imparts His nature to us. The Lord is lavishing His love upon us because He sees us as ravishing in beauty according to His words as the Lover of the Beloved in Song of Solomon 6:10. The Lord has lavished His love upon us by shedding His blood for us. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Lamb of Love

In John 1:20, Jesus is described as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He is the Lamb of Love. He is known as a lamb because He was the final sacrificial lamb offered for the forgiveness of sin. Many lambs were constantly being offered as sacrifices in the Old Testament, but Jesus came as the Lamb of God who died once and for all for all our sins. He is the sacrificial Lamb of Love.

Liquid Love

Liquid Love is love colored red. Liquid Love is the blood of Jesus. He shed His blood because of His love for us. Our Lord’s love was manifested as liquid love as He poured out His blood for us. Romans 5:8 says, “God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.:  I John 1:7 says that Jesus’ blood cleanses us of all unrighteousness, all sins, assuring us of everlasting life. We have everlasting life because of the Lord’s everlasting love. In Jeremiah 31:3 we are assured that we are loved with our Lord’s everlasting love.

Laver of Love

Within the tabernacle, the laver was the basin where the priests cleansed themselves before they offered sacrifices. Sacrificing animals was part of their function, their labor. The labor of the priests began at the laver. Connecting the Old and New Testaments, we read in Ephesians 5:26 that we are washed in the water of the Word. The Word informs us of how Jesus was the Lamb of God who poured out His life, His love, His blood for us. It was definitely a labor of love for Jesus to die upon the cross for us.

No Lack in Love

Love is lovely! In Hosea 4:6, the Lord says that His people can be destroyed from lack of knowledge, but there is no lack in the Lord’s love for us. According to I Corinthians 13, love is kind and according to Romans 2:4, the Lord’s kindness leads us to repentance. Repentance leads us the cross where Jesus shed His blood. The Lord has poured out and continues to pour out His blood as Liquid Love. There is no lack in what He offers us today!

Liquid Love Lives

According to Leviticus 17:11, there is life is the blood. There is life in Jesus’ Liquid Love. On Sunday we will celebrate that Jesus has risen from the dead. Our Lord lives! Our Lord loves! Because Jesus is alive, we too can live. Romans 8:37-39 says, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” All of this is possible because of the Lord’s Liquid Love !

Joyfully,
Cheryl
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Water and Wine

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It is a Sunday afternoon as I sit at the computer to sort through thoughts the Lord has placed in my heart and mind. This morning we attended church at the beach with the family of our daughter and son-in-law as our grandson was water baptized. Before the baptism, in the morning service, we all shared in communion. While looking out over the water of Lake Ontario, both sacraments of baptism and communion were observed – and that got me thinking. I was thinking about water with baptism and about wine, or blood, with communion.

The wedding at Cana was the setting of Jesus’ first miracle. Jesus turned water into wine when the wine supply was depleted. This miracle is recorded in John 2:1-11. In verse 7, Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And then in verse 9, the headwaiter tasted the liquid and discovered that the water had become the best wine of the wedding celebration. When Jesus transformed the water into wine, I believe He was expressing more than His power to perform this task. Symbolically throughout scripture, water represents cleansing and wine represents the blood. Three years later after this miracle, Jesus would pay the price for our cleansing from sin by shedding His own blood. I think Jesus was setting the prophetic stage to reveal His earthly purpose when He turned water into wine.

Now I look at the account of Jesus’ death while hanging on the cross of crucifixion in John 19:28-37. At the end of the day when Jesus was crucified, verse 34 says, “one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.” Another connection of water and wine! This time, blood is the wine of the wedding at Cana. The fact that both liquids flowed from Jesus’ side confirmed that he was really dead. Medically, Jesus experienced hypovolemic shock that caused fluid to gather in the sack around the heart and lungs causing both blood and water to come from His side when the Roman soldier thrust a spear into His side. In Matthew Henry’s commentary, he points out that both blood and water had an important meaning in the law and represented justification and sanctification. Blood was for remission and water was for regeneration; blood was for atonement and water was for purification. Both blood and water represent the sacrifice of Jesus’ life. From Jesus’ side flowed water and blood to offer us eternal life. Still today, there is power in the redeeming blood and regenerating water that sustain the believers in Christ. This is what we celebrate as we partake of the bread and wine, or grape juice, when observing communion.  I think Jesus was foreshadowing this through His first miracle. 

I think back further into the Old Testament scriptures when God gave Moses instructions for the construction of the Tabernacle in Exodus 25-27. The Tabernacle was a picture of the way to come into the presence of God. In The Miracle of the Scarlet Thread, Richard Booker  points out that in reality, the Tabernacle was pointing to Jesus Christ who would be the real Tabernacle. Just inside the gate was the brazen altar where the blood of animals was sacrificed. Then behind the altar was the laver where washing and cleansing took place. Both of these actions had to be carried out before the priest could enter the veil into the Holy Place. Blood and water were connected in the Old Testament as well as in the New Testament.

Water turned into wine by Jesus. Water and blood flowed from the side of Jesus crucified. Water baptism and communion. Common elements with uncommon significance. Sacred symbolism evident within the two sacraments of the Christian church. As our grandson and the others being baptized went under the waters of baptism, they were washed with water while acknowledging that Jesus washed away their sins with His blood. Also, when all of us observed communion, we came together to celebrate that Jesus’ body was broken and His blood was shed for us. This morning I was enlightened by the connection between water and blood – and I am thankful to God for His revelation.

Joyfully,
Cheryl
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